Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 2, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 2, 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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"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and
all their multitude. And on the seventh day God
finished the work that had been done, and God rested
on the seventh day from all the work that had been
done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed
it, because on it God rested from all the work that
God had done in creation."
God worked six days and then set an astonishing
universal precedent of holy rest for humanity. As
human beings made in the divine image, we likewise
need a rhythm of work and rest. Work and rest are
good for our souls. As a North American, I realize
this concept is counter-cultural. My society worships
activity. Realistically, many must work longer hours
to pay their bills in a troubled economy.
But a dramatic biblical story beautifully illustrates
a common need for Sabbath rest. The people of Israel
were slaves without rest.
Think about this. Rest dignifies and restores
creativity. People need rest or they become enslaved
by work. Consider your own life. Where are you in
need of blessed rest? Are you enslaved by unhealthy
and exhausting work rhythms? How and where can you
make changes to enjoy a rhythm of sacred rest?
Rest is a vital part of the creation mandate. Reclaim
blessed rest and you will feel like a new person,
renewed and refreshed in a hectic, often exhausting
God, please bring us into moments of blessed rest and
renewal as part of our soul care. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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