Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 20, 2008
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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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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 leisure.
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 quiet presence.
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
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
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 souls.
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
Grace and peace,
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