It’s the summer. People are traveling, some are working hard to keep their lawns green; some people are getting outdoors, and some are reading books they haven’t been able to get to in quite some time. Most people are working. For most people life doesn’t necessarily “slow down”—and for the least among us, it never does. And that is an injustice suffered by many. Finding rest makes for a whole life and Jesus knows this. Jesus says to the disciples, after seeing them run around like crazy people: “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Jesus knows we all need rest. It is good to rest. And in our hyper-active, market-driven, consumer culture, we need to rest. The commandment of the sabbath is antithetical to the world we inhabit most of the time. Holy rest is focused on renewal, but also founded upon the belief that God is, ultimately, in charge, as Psalm 24 states: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” Our letting go of control (or better said, the façade that we have control) is a spiritual act. Resting, getting away, going out to the desert, is an act of resistance in a world driven mad by productivity, efficiency, and consuming. It is no coincidence that Jesus calls the disciples to rest in the desert—a place where there is little protection; it is a place of dependence upon the Provider. It takes faith and trust to go into the desert and rest. It’s as hard now as it was then, and for different reasons. But, I think that such trust is, at least in part, one step towards the freedom and new life that God offers us.
This Sunday, as we do every Sunday, we’ll take time to rest and give thanks, to raise our voices in song and break bread together. After the 10am service we’ll hear from the Rev. Bob Davidson who attended our national church gathering (called General Convention) in Austin as a Colorado delegate, and he’ll share with us some of the most vital conversations that happened there. I pray Sunday is and will be a time of renewal, connection, and call for us all.
See you Sunday,