June 2018 Newsletter
June 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Grace and peace to each of you this month! It is JUNE! Summer is here and is now the time where many get to heave a sigh of relief – students, teachers, administrators, even some parents. They are all in my prayers as they take this opportunity to refresh and rest.

Of course, there are others who do not receive that long time of respite – or for whom those summer months of ‘rest’ end up being quite stressful as schedules are thrown off and a new (brief) normal is lived in. They too are in my prayers as well – prayers that they find and seek out those opportunities to refresh, rest, and take sabbath.

Sabbath is such a needed and blessed thing we receive from God. We follow the one who tells all of creation that it is OK to rest. God so believes in sabbath that even God made space for rest after creation. Our Lord Jesus took moments to find rest throughout his ministry leading to the cross. Sabbath rest is good for us. It is a gift for us and for the world.

Yet, we live in a society that continually pushes back against times of break, relaxation, and sabbath. Whether it is vocations that consume most of our time or the feeling inside of us that fights the need for rest in fear that we won’t ‘advance’ further in our places of work. We live in a world that is always ‘on the go.’ Additionally, there are some that might make a subtle ‘shame’ towards those who do take time for themselves and their families. All of that discourages us to seek those moments of rest for ourselves and our families.

So, I’m here to tell you – take sabbath. Live into the gift that God has granted to creation – that God has granted to you. Again, sabbath is a pretty big deal to God. Find ways that give new life to you and renew your life.

Sabbath time is good for you. Sabbath is gifted to you. Sabbath is holy for you.

Take those moments of sabbath so that when you return to the community of faith here at Redeemer, you are filled with new life and energy to serve others and be with and a part of the kingdom of God; right here and right now.

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