Wednesday January 27 2021

Scripture: Exodus 31:12-17

Key verse: (17) It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

Reflection:I’ve been thinking a lot about rest lately. What is rest and how do we find it? In our current “work from home” times, all our spaces are mixed together. They are for work and play, sleeping and eating, productivity and relaxation. How can we find rest when there is such a combination of activities everywhere we go? And why should we rest when productivity seems to be the ultimate goal?

Today’s scripture reminds us of the importance of Sabbath. Mirroring the creation of the earth, a normal, healthy cycle includes both work and rest. It ends with a time to stop and reflect. It gives us space to breathe and take a step back. God instructs Moses that the Israelites should take time for Sabbath as a sign of the renewed covenant between God and God’s people. It’s not that all we do is rest but we set a side time for rest, which is holy in the eyes of God.

We are living in a time when it feels like there is so much work to be done. Whether it is for our jobs, for our community, our church, the list goes on. There are so many places we can put our time and energy. But God offers us another way. That in the midst of the weight of the work we take time to pause, breathe. We are renewed and refreshed to continue.

I wonder what rest would look like for you this week. Maybe it means reading a book in a new place in your home. Maybe it means setting aside an area of your house that isn’t for productive things, only restful ones. Maybe it means taking a minute to reset before entering your time of rest. Whatever you need today, may you breathe deep and allow yourself to feel the holiness of the moments.

Prayer: God of the Sabbath, you taught us to set apart time in your presence, without lists, or work to be done. Help us in this time to find those moments, to pause and feel refreshed. May these moments renew our spirits. In your holy name. Amen.

Author: Savannah Demuynck

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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