July 17

Mark 6:30-34

“He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” vs. 31

Jesus’ invitation to his disciples strikes a responsive chord even today. No matter what kind of work we have, even if it isn’t directly related to missional service, we’re bound to get worn out. And if we don’t have built-in breaks or respites, it can be exhausting and stressful. Some have found that even in retirement they are constantly on the go and even extraverts can run out of energy. What a blessing it is when we can put Jesus’ prescription into practice and find deserted places by ourselves for rest! Some people even make that a priority when searching for a home. They want a place where the noise and stress of life can be cancelled out and they can recharge their spiritual and emotional batteries. Others find that sort of a respite in a retreat center like Spirit in the Desert in Carefree, Arizona. Here, away from crowds, they can find quiet spaces, open the portals of their senses, and breathe in the soul-renewing presence of the Divine. Some like to sit while others prefer walking, but all need times and places where the Peace of God is palpable and real. It’s a hard lesson, but we know it’s true. We can’t serve the needs of others unless we learn to care for ourselves!

Thought for the Day: Where’s my quiet place?

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