Sunday has traditionally been an easy day of rest and worship for many people. However some must work Sundays and can’t always take it easy. To those people I say bless you for giving up your Sunday for the benefit of others. You know who you are. Others just can’t seem to take it easy no matter what day of the week it is. And then there are folks, myself included, who remember the easy Sunday mornings and try to continue the tradition. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7. Happy Sunday.
“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest. Exodus 34:21
Today is a great day to take this scripture literally. Happy Sunday.
Today let us take time out to rest and reflect…to rest our minds and bodies and to reflect on our souls. It is not an easy task to rest and reflect but with concentrated effort, it can be done. Happy Sunday
Matthew 11:28-29“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Sometimes our daily duties can tire us to the point of not wanting to do another thing. When this happens I find it best to do just that…not do another thing…take time out to be quiet and still and just breathe. Is our world going to come crashing down on us if we don’t do what we think needs to be done right this minute or hour or day?
Weariness can sometimes rob us of our good intentions, in that our tasks become a pain instead of a pleasure which diminishes our effectiveness. It is sometimes best to do less with pleasure than more with resentment.
Jesus was a very busy man who did more for humanity than anyone ever could, yet he knew when to “take himself apart and rest awhile” before he became depleted. Here are some of his words of wisdom to those of us who have become weary in doing good:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV (Taking a break is not giving up.)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…Matthew 11:28 NIV
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint…Jeremiah 31:25 NIV
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 NIV
Those who look to him are radiant…Psalm 34:5 NIV (Radiance replaces the look of weariness.)
We Canadians are finishing up the last of a September long weekend, known as Labour Day. Some of us are enjoying cottage life, others day trips, and still others just lazing around enjoying not labouring at anything in particular.
Me? I’ve given myself a labour of love today. I love looking up quotes by famous people and today it is Aristotle, the Greek philosopher. Let me share a few:
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Wherever you find yourself this Sunday, here are some encouraging words:
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Happy Sunday.
Just like winters, Sundays come and go. Today may you be blessed with rest, peace, love, and the reminder that This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 KJV
I wish you a day of rest, peace, and the joy of spotting a cardinal or your own favorite bird. Matthew 6:26 says “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns…” Happy Sunday.
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
It’s Sunday…take time to RSVP this invitation of Jesus. Take time to stop, to unwind, to languish in the luxury of complete rest and relaxation and renewal.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
“Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)
Yes, be still; it’s Sunday…a day of rest.