Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 20, 2013
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"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
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The beatitudes of holy leisure
"Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among
the nations, I am exalted in the earth."
Time is a precious four-letter word. We never seem to
have enough of it in our busy lives for personal moments
of holy leisure. We often refer to time as "slipping
through our fingers." Sometimes we "waste or kill
time." Then we try to "buy" and/or "recapture time."
We frequently "run out of time." Periodically we take
"time-outs" to review our strategy. We rush about with
things to do, places to go, and people to see.
Participants in North American culture worship activity
and denigrate stillness, rest, and moments of holy
One very busy mother of two teenagers came to me years
ago with such a need. She could not seem to find a
moment to catch her breath. She began scheduling thirty
seconds a day of stillness and quiet and eventually
achieved several minutes a day. God, she said, began
meeting her with moments of quiet refreshment. Once
she even found herself quietly at rest for twenty
minutes. She was surprised and delighted with God's
A very busy man once invited me to facilitate a retreat
for a very busy church full of young families and
youngsters. The retreat theme was holy leisure:
spirituality for daily life. The retreat schedule
had hourly and sometimes multiple concurrent events.
We had a wonderful time. There was something for
everyone of every age. Holy leisure was a luxury many
of those tired parents did not have at home. Childcare
was provided at the retreat, so tired parents who needed
a nap could rest without worry. Sleep, stillness, and
moments of quiet are truly sacred. Our souls will be
restored with these simple practices.
After the retreat, I found myself reflecting in more
depth on holy leisure. We need to be still and rest,
if even for two minutes a day. So I wrote the following
beatitudes of holy leisure, modeled after Jesus' Sermon
on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-11).
Blessed are those who live daily moments of holy leisure,
for they shall be refreshed in God.
Blessed are those who linger with God, for they shall
experience a profound sense of God's blessing.
Blessed are those who carry the chapel of their hearts
everywhere, for they shall know God is nearer than their
breathing, closer than their hands and feet.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holy leisure,
for they shall experience Sabbath rest.
Blessed are those who seek wonder-filled moments with God,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are those who insist on moments of stillness, for
they shall find ordinary life beautiful.
Blessed are they whose hearts yearn for stillness, for
they shall know God.
Blessed are the contemplatives, for they shall be
instruments of peace in a troubled world.
Blessed are those who are ridiculed for their insistence
on holy leisure, for they shall be friends with God.
Blessed are those who experience "noisy contemplation"
(Callahan, William R. "Noisy Contemplation, Deep Prayer
for Busy People," p. 1), for they shall see people with
new eyes and hearts.
Blessed are they who seek thirty seconds daily of stillness,
silence, and solitude, for they shall be fulfilled in their
The following year I was invited to return as a retreat
leader for this very busy church community of faith. The
retreat planning committee unanimously agreed they wanted
a less busy and exhausting retreat. Together we decided
less was best and planned a very different retreat
experience. Ample time was provided for retreat
participants to rest, relax, nap, and quietly enjoy
nature and leisured beloved community.
God, bless us with many unexpected moments of holy leisure.
Grace and peace,
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