Hard Work

by Beth A Richardson on July 24, 2012 · 3 comments

Fish for Sale

Tuesday, July 24. Continue to consider what is on your calendar as you read “The Hard Work of Resting” (p. 26). How are you like the author? What can you learn from her?

How is resting hard work for you?

Words from The Word: When [the crowd] had plenty to eat,
[Jesus] said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” -John 6:12, CEB

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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Connie Knapp July 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

Here I am, at a conference in a beautiful spot (northern Utah) that will be followed tomorrow by vacation, having a hard time making the effort to get ready to rest.
This is a good reminder to me that my “busyness” is an artifact of my own self-importance.

Nancy July 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

I had to get up extra early this morning and as a result found myself with more than enough time to sit outside with my flowers and the birds and read my Bible. I got so interested in the scripture in Hebrews that I ended up reading the whole book! Sabbath must be intentional. I feel great. Bring on the day!

Pat July 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

Matthew 25 is the mantra for members of the Church of the Brethren. And….I also value the mandate in this scripture. However, the shadow side of this scripture is that of ignoring those passages that mandate a period of rest….solitude to recharge the batteries to do the work of Matthew 25. My older sister and I are both learning in our retirement years that it is not a sin to sit down, read, do nothing, rest before 5:00 p.m.

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