Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 6, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 6, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Spiritual stress busters
"For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every
languishing soul I will replenish."
Stress can be physically, emotionally, and yes,
even spiritually exhausting. Commuting tensions,
work pressures, family worries can make us want
to howl with frustration and anxiety. By now many
of our New Year's resolutions have already been
broken, leading to feelings of guilt and personal
failure. Many of us have not exercised or dieted.
Others may have sworn off cigarettes, alcohol, or
drugs with the best of intentions and have miserable
results after a week. Or perhaps we had a fight
with someone and feel terrible about it.
People need healthy stress busters. Releasing
constant worries and tensions from our bodies
might prevent early strokes and heart attacks,
nervous breakdowns, migraine headaches, and
ulcers. Ignoring our bodies often results in
physical and emotional symptoms that persistently
cry out for our attention. When feeling frantic,
slow down and take a mental health break before
your stress breaks you.
Human beings also need the spiritual stress busters
of rest, unscheduled time, and rejuvenating sleep.
North American society and culture hurries us on
the inside and the outside. We need God's sense
of time to prevent spiritual fatigue. We need
moments of holy leisure. We need moments where
we literally refrain from productive activity to
rest. Perhaps we need to remember that sleep is
sacred. Rest is a holy word. The words of an
ancient Jewish prophet invite us into God's rest,
"I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint,
I will replenish" (Jeremiah 31:25).
Consider making time for adequate sleep and taking
naps throughout the year as part of your spiritual
stress buster strategy. Listen to your body and
honor your spirit. Rest securely in the presence
of God. Let yourself be inwardly replenished with
healing rest and you will find your stress levels
May our sleep be healing and restoring, dear God.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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