This week I’m giving thanks for a day of rest and Sabbath that I enjoyed on Sunday. In Genesis 2:3 we are told “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
As I write this journal entry, I am enjoying a “day off” from church. For the past year, I have been leading Sunday services at Good Shepherd, in addition to Thursday evening services and various other clergy responsibilities for the church. Over the past year, I have had only two Sundays off—one when my mother passed away in November, and a second in February when I was out of the country.
As most of you know, I consider my service to Good Shepherd as something that brings me great pleasure and blessing, yet when combined with full time employment outside of the church, I guess I am not surprised that from time to time, I find myself tired and in need of rest.
I offer this week’s journal entry in an attitude of gratitude for an opportunity to have a Sunday off and I pray that God will use this day to bring me rest, restoration and rejuvenation.
As I mentioned, this entry is being written on Sunday—the day Church Council has generously granted me off. While I didn’t quite know what the day may look or feel like since it’s been so long since I’ve had a Sunday to myself, I just figured I’d sleep in. Well…that doesn’t happen as easily as did in my younger days. So, I got up this Sunday morning and did what I do just about every Sunday morning—I started my day in silent prayer and with Scripture. It felt different to read today’s lectionary readings and not be worried if my study of them during the previous week would result in a message that blesses the congregation.
I soon turned to the computer to spend a few minutes of coffee time on facebook. One of the first posts that popped up in my newsfeed said this: The other day I heard a pastor say that he never takes a day off because Satan doesn’t. I told him “I think you might want to get another role model.”
WOW! I can tell you, I didn’t expect to read something like that! But I’m glad I saw it because I needed to read it and I need to remember it. As Jesus reminds us, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)
I am thankful to Rev. Paul Pic for filling in for me in the pulpit today and extra thankful that he began the service by asking that you remember me in prayer. And to each and every one of you who held me in prayer on the occasion of this day of rest and to all of you who pray for me during the week, please know how appreciative I am. I know it is by God’s grace and your prayers of support that I am able to serve our Lord by service to our church. I am truly blessed and truly thankful.