From Pastor Jo


It’s that time of the year again! The school year is fast coming to an end. Memorial Day is past. The church’s program year is winding down, and very shortly, we will all be looking forward to some much needed down-time.


Taking time to relax, regroup, and refresh is essential to our well-being. As God rested when God’s work was completed, so we should also rest when our work is completed. In this day and age, however, it seems that for many of us, our work is never completed. Our “busyness” is positively unending.


In recent years, there has been an effort to reclaim “Sabbath time,” that sacred time which can restore the balance between work and rest. Unlike our vacation activity time, Sabbath time is time to quiet our minds, hearts, and spirits, to listen for the One who speaks to us, the One in whom we find our center. Sabbath time allows us the space to reconnect with God. The words to one of my favorite hymns express this thought quite clearly:


“Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead.

Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed.

Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes that we can see

all the things that really matter, be at peace and simply be.”


As we enter into a time of family vacations and “busyness” of a different sort, let us claim some “Sabbath time” for ourselves; to intentionally create that space for God to “re-create” within each one of us, so that we can find our way back to that spiritual center where our hearts and minds and spirits may be refreshed and renewed.


“Be at peace and simply be…”

Pastor Jo


(Come and Find the Quiet Center, words © 1992 by Shirley Erena Murray, Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188)




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