‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11.28)

Soon many will be taking a break of some sort. Whatever the location or weather it’s a good time to pause and reflect on God’s care for us – both in giving us work and a purpose, and in establishing the Sabbath pattern of work being followed by rest.

But as much as you or I may love a particular holiday destination, we need to remember that rest is not our primary purpose, but nor even is work. Instead, we were made for worship.

Work and rest are good, and from the Genesis account of creation onwards both are exemplified by God.

An obvious benefit of rest is that it refreshes us for the very work that God has called us to.

So please take note if you are hooked on the kind of action packed holidays that leave you more frazzled than you began.

If you have the privilege of getting away this summer, do please purposefully SLOW DOWN, BREATHE, PRAY, and turn your phone off!

Walk in silence; walk and chat; attend a very different sort of church service; sit in the gathering dusk; watch the ocean. Do the very things that you know from past experience will allow your Loving Saviour to refresh your soul.

Pastor David