Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 21, 2007
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devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
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"The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all
that they had done and taught. He said to them, 'Come
away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a
while.' For many were coming and going, and they had
no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat
to a deserted place by themselves."
Today's verses are the only place in the entire Bible
where we find the word "leisure." It is a story some
of us might not be familiar with, yet all busy people
can relate to it. Crowds of people are coming and
going. They are eager to experience and hear a famed
speaker. They need healing and want to see miracles.
They are hoping to get something they need, even if
they cannot put their needs into words.
The apostles are deeply involved with the demands from
the noisy and needy crowds. The apostles were people
deeply committed to Jesus and his message of faith,
love, and hope. They are more frequently called
"disciples" in other Bible stories. They "followed"
Jesus and hungrily sought his teachings. In this
story, Jesus sees his apostles are exhausted and
hungry. They had no leisure to even eat. So he
takes them away to a deserted place to rest a short
Welcome to a moment of leisure. Webster's dictionary
defines leisure as having freedom from responsibilities
and duties. How often are we too busy with duties and
responsibilities that we cannot pause to eat? Do we
need to come and rest awhile in a quiet place? Let us
take time to slow down today. In North America, we
live in a culture of fast foods and drive-ins. Many
of us eat on the run, in the car, and while continuing
our work and play.
Where are you in this story?
God, bring us a few leisure moments today. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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