The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.” – Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
There are moments in the life of faith to simply pull away. After work well done and ministry administered, there is a time for sabbath rest.
Summer has often been a time for rest for the church in Arizona. People leave for the summer when they can, or just hide out.
Jesus, in our Gospel on Sunday, tells the disciples who have just returned from doing kingdom work to pull away with him. I have gone away in normal years to monasteries for rest. What do you do?
We all need rest and recreation, but what do we do to bring Christ into our rest? Maybe it is just a book, even a small one.
Sometimes I have been overly ambitious in my vacation projects, reading theology or some tome of medieval spirituality. But over the years I discovered that the best thing I did was bring some small paperback to the beach or camping.
Nothing ambitious and nothing about being a pastor, priest, or leader. Brother Lawrence or Henri Nouwen make good companions, but so does Franny and Zooey.
What will you do this summer to rest? What will you do to pull away?
There is a caveat to this story in Mark that we will discover on Sunday. Join us in worship.