I have just returned from a few days of rest. My heart rejoiced in the beauty of my surroundings–in the slap of the waves against the shore, in the seagull diving for fish, in the eagle soaring high above, in the call of the shore birds, in the chatter over supper and the silence of the sunbathing, and in the scarlet sky at sunset, God longed to meet us. Every visible part of creation left a mark on our souls and that heard but not seen also settled in. Ah, sabbath rest, you are a great gift.
When was the last time you escaped a schedule and completely rested? Did you meet God there?
Remember a time when you knew God was present in all creatures and in yourself. Try to recapture that moment of consolation.
Praise and thanks to you
For providing every thing I need
Thank you for modeling rest for us
May we remember to rejuvenate ourselves
so that we may serve you with spirits
that are not weary or sullen
but with joy and energy.