Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation (Genesis 2:1-3).
So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his (Hebrews 4:9-10).
Sometimes we all need to pause. From whatever we are doing. Even in this time of being shut in.
Having looked at creation, we now look at rest. I need to rest from this theme I've been following in this blog, however good, however appropriate.
We need to acknowledge when all of this is getting to us. I can see it in my neighbour. I can hear it in my friend's voice. I can feel it in my gut, even before I get out of bed.
I reached that point. Little irritations loom large. Molehills become mountains. Communication is garbled. Frustration mounts.
(B R E A T H E)
That's when I go to the river. I fund a place where all I can hear is the spashing water, punctuated perhaps by a birdsong. Then I can feel my soul starting to relax.
Our song today, "Breathe" by The Brilliance, was suggested by Alice vdK, for such a time as this.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Go with this blessing:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
PS – The next Elbow Bump will be on Monday. I look forward to worshipping with you online on Sunday!