Posted by Carol Wilson

He lets me rest in grassy meadows;

he leads me to restful waters;

he keeps me alive.

(Psalm 23:2-3a)

Don’t miss the opportunity of rest and relaxation before summer draws to a close. Have you been able to take a moment to rest with God? When did you last lay down in a green pasture? What does it feel like to wade in still waters? How do you feel restored and alive?

Let’s catch our breath before the obligations of fall semester overtake us. Many know the verse “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). To be still and rest we need to trust that God continues to care for all of creation. To be still is to allow God to be active and have faith that God will protect and care for us in our rest. I often consider that on the seventh day God created rest, therefore we should honor rest as well.

During the month of August, let’s take intentional time everyday to rest in the presence of God’s creative spirit. Here are a few suggestions for daily rest …

– observe an hour media/electronic fast (unplug)

– spend time outside

– meditate in silence for 10 minutes or more

– enjoy a cup of warm tea before going to bed

– stretch your body

Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give your rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Peace and Blessings, Rev. Jay Moyers

Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Mt. Sterling / office email

(740) 869-3577 / office

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