Good morning, after a day away! For two days, I was at a mandatory ordination "retreat" (which was not a retreat at all as that word is defined). I am in my last year of a program called "Residence in Ministry" which takes Methodist pastors from provisional to full ordination. There's a LOT of paperwork due by October 1, but I got it all done and submitted by the start of the retreat. Which means I am ready to relax!
The Psalms repeatedly remind
us that God is a source of rest for us, but did you know they provide us with a guide for finding rest for our bodies, minds, and souls?
1: Trust God in your sleepless nights (Ps. 4)
Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
2: Trust God with your future (Ps. 16)
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
3: Trust God will lead you (Ps. 23)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He ... leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me ...
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
4: Trust God with your worries (Ps. 127)
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain ...
for the Lord grants sleep to those he loves.
5: Trust God will calm and rest your soul (Ps. 131)
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself ...
I am content.
Put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.
Hope to see you this Sunday at worship, in person or on online. This Sunday we explore the deep meaning in that great theological text: "Green Eggs and Ham." Have a blessed day!