It’s Okay to Rest

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  Mark 6:30-31

The normalcy of our lives has been temporarily interrupted. We are distanced from our work and social activities and our relationships. Prayerfully, our obedience to the necessary protocols will help to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and ultimately give doctors and health care providers an advantage on finding and implementing a potential antidote for this ruthless pathogen. This extra time that we now have with ourselves is an opportunity to do a self-check on where we are at this present stage of our lives. Most of our wake hours are spent exerting energy - working, going, and doing for ourselves and others. This also applies to our school-age children. We rest and return to the same cycle day in and day out. Some of us have had to adjust to working from home. Whatever the case may be, give yourself permission to simply rest in the care of the Lord. Get off the rush cycle and move about in His calming Presence. Nurture yourselves to combat the stress of what is going on around you. You won’t be able to take care of the responsibilities that call on you if you don’t take responsibility in caring for yourself.

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