St. Paul's Evangelical
Free Lutheran Church
21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful
The Pastor's Thoughts
"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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"
As I write this Joan and I are preparing to go on vacation. I've found, as I've gotten older, that I need more time off to recharge my internal batteries. When I was younger I could take a week a year and feel just fine. But I need to get away more often now and relaxation is no longer a nicety, but a necessity.
Jesus also felt the need to get away occasionally. We read about, but don't always appreciate, how great the strain on His mind and body must have been as He taught and healed throughout Galilee, Samaria, Judah and even in Gentile lands. Before He was incarnate such things would never have felt like anything to Him, but once He took on a Body like ours He took on the stresses we experience. And yet His work was unlike any we would do.
When the Lord separated Himself from His daily activities, He did so not just to rest His Body but also to restore His spiritual relationship to the Father. His prayers were not just part of His period of rest, they were the cause of His rest.
Many of us will be going on vacation this summer and there will be lots of activities and things to do. Sometimes we'll even tire ourselves out with the doing of our "rest." But if we want to be really rested, we should take time each day to spend it with the Lord. Prayer and devotional reading should be part of our daily routine. If we're away from home on a Sunday we should seek out a church fellowship where we can be refreshed by the Gospel proclamation. Don't make the mistake of thinking that time away includes time away from Christ.
We have a banner in the Sunday School room showing Jesus laughing. Look at that and see the rested Lord. Look in the mirror and see yourself. Rest in Christ everyday and soon you will look like Jesus laughing.
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