frog-at-rest“We are a restless people. Restlessness is the opposite of being restful. Restfulness is one of the most primal cravings humans have. We crave rest to the point where we identify it with heaven: ‘Grant us eternal rest.’ Today, as our lives grow more pressured, as we grow more tired, as we begin to feel burned out, we fantasize more about restfulness. We imagine a peaceful, quiet place: we see ourselves walking by a lake, watching a peaceful sunset, smoking a pipe in a rocker by the fireplace. But even in those images, we make restfulness yet another activity, something we do… then we return to normal life… True restfulness, though, is a form of awareness, a way of being in life. It is living ordinary life with a sense of ease, gratitude, appreciation, peace, and prayer. We are restful when ordinary life is enough.”

Ronald Rolheiser

This week our house group began a series on ‘Sabbath’ as part of Practicing the Way from Bridgetown Church in Portland. I just finished listening to the sermon for Part 1 of the series – brilliant! Perfect series for our life right now. When we meet at house group and we share about how our week was, everyone knows I’m going to say the word ‘busy’ before it comes out of my mouth. Let’s just say this series is timely for us!

I’m fighting that temptation to get a marker pen, scribble ‘To Do List’ at the top, and write down how we plan to have a Sabbath. Clearly I have a long way to go on this journey, but I’m looking forward to learning more, listening more, resting more, appreciating more and loving more.

Feel free to join us in this journey also. Here’s a link to Part 1:

 

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  1. John says:

    We miss you all and really look forward to reconnecting in May when we are back in Gulu. I always enjoy reading your updates and especially connect with this post about the importance of rest! Its a struggle for so many of us and yet really vital to being able to do our work well. I’ll be leading a few retreats while we are in town focused on rest – creating a space for folks to remember why they are engaged in this important work.

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