by Beth A Richardson on July 23, 2012 · 2 comments

Fish for Sale

Monday, July 23. As you read this familiar story in John 6:1-21, notice that after the meal the disciples collected 12 baskets of leftovers. What periods of “leftover” time do you have on your calendar for the coming week?

How can you use that “leftover” time to rest?

Words from The Word: Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. -John 6:11, NRSV

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray along with the words of John 6:16-20 this week.

Pray for: the people and countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

Spiritual Tools: Rest is not always about lounging and relaxing – you can practice it on the move! Read Walking with God and go for a restful stroll with God this week.


Sabbath stands out among the Ten Commandments, most of which talk explicitly about our relating to others and to God. … Sabbath centers the lives of individuals and the life of the community that the commandments were designed to protect. The sabbath protects individuals from fatigue, even burnout, and its regularity sets a predictable time for a community to come together. Communities separate to work during the week, but on the one day they are not allowed to work, they find themselves spending time together, being together as family and community. Without the sabbath rhythm, not only might individuals work beyond their true capacities but also communities might never come together. Shared rhythm protects individuals from exhaustion and communities from disintegration.

-Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season

From pages 44-45 of A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons. Copyright (C) 2005 by Sarah Parsons. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer: Creator God, root me and ground me in your love. Amen.

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Nancy July 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

My sabbath time this week will include a visit with a friend I have not seen in a while. We will talk about books, trips, and family. A breathing time in the midst of a busy week.

Pat July 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm

My body forced me to make leftover time today for a much needed massage.

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