On the Fifth of July
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Today’s Readings: 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Matthew 11: 1-5, 16-19, 28-30
“Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
We could all use a break, I think it’s safe to say. It’s been a long season of coronavirus lock-down, stretching far past what we initially thought. Some of us have barely been able to leave the house in months. Some have lost loved ones, perhaps without being able to see them to say goodbye. Others have had trips postponed and vacation plans dashed. Even a trip to the grocery store has become an ordeal.
I have found that a high level of anxiety has made it hard to take a break, to step away. But Jesus is telling us that when things feel overwhelming, that’s exactly when we need a rest. As Pastor Lea points out in this week’s Message for All Ages, Jesus was pretty good about taking his own advice: jumping into a boat and crossing the water, finding a quiet spot in a garden to pray, finding a remote hillside, just taking some time to pray and reconnect spiritually. We can find ways to do that, too.
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