re-posted from 2010
"Ours has become a strange and contradictory world. We are constantly promised much, but much eludes us. We are bombarded with messages of rest, relaxation, and the ultimate vacation, but we are working harder than ever, and our inner world knows more of turmoil than peace."
"Most of us know the cry for rest."
"But rest is not enough. It is not simply a matter of some more hours of sleep. A deeper rest is called for - an inner rest. We need the rest of God's grace and acceptance. We need the rest of surrender where we hand to God our fears and worries and the things we cannot control or change."
"We need the rest of being forgiven and forgiving. We need the rest of embrace where we know ourselves to be safe and secure in the goodness of God, in the wideness of his mercy, and in the comfort of the Spirit." (from The Seeking Heart, by Charles R. Ringma)
We need Jesus!
The rest and forgiveness we so desperately need and desire is available.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? (or life) Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." (Matthew 11: 28-30, The Message)
May you all have a Blessed Easter!