Today's Lectionary Text
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
After Holy Week, I must admit the understanding of God resting is something I trying to incorporate into my week.
The last few weeks I’ve felt like it was go, go, go, all the time and there was little time to just sit down, take a deep breath, and breathe. Holidays will do that, especially when you work at a church and are expected to have multiple other services not just on Sundays.
And so, I humbly admit to you all, right now: I’m tired. I feel worn out. And I might need to take a nap every day to make up from the lost sleep of Holy Week. It can be easy to begin to shame myself or feel bad that I am tired after a long week, especially in a world where working 24/7 is praised. But even when God was forming all creation, from the heavens and earth, God did not work around the clock. God took time to rest. Before Jesus was arrested in Jerusalem, he rested.
Our worth is not determined by us working around the clock. Our worth is not about if are on the go all the time. Our worth is found in the moments we spend caring for others, being compassionate and kind. It is in the times we care for creation, ensuring we treat her with dignity and respect. It is found in the moments where we fully admit, “I’m tired and I need a nap,” instead of lashing out and feeling resentful later.
Rest is an important spiritual practice and one we cannot forget or lose. So, after resurrection of Jesus, if you need more time to be fully resurrected and get back to work, that is okay. Know that rest is okay, rest is spiritual, and you deserve time to rest. Now I need to go take a nap.
--Maddi Baugous, pastoral intern
Omaha First UMC
Prayer for Reflection
God of creation and resurrection, thank you for rest. Thank you for showing us, we can rest. We can take breaks, nap, and we do not have to do it all. Give us the confidence to ask for help when needed and to make rest a priority. Together we pray. Amen.
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