Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
I look at “The Way of Love in Lent” Calendar, see that the key word for the day is “Rest,” andimmediately burst out laughing. The last several days have been pretty much enforced rest for me, dealing with and healing from some virus, along with an ear infection. Not my choice: too much that needed to be done, seen to, no time to rest – until, finally my body said, “Enough!”So, with the help of some antibiotics, lots of fluids and chicken soup, I have been resting.
It seems I had been too much like the people in the passage from Jeremiah who, when offered the good way, which would lead to rest for their souls, had said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ In my ownlife that had meant choosing instead the path of never-ending busy-ness and activity.
The question for the day from the Lenten calendar is this:“How do you incorporate rest in your life?”
For me, as I continue my journey through Lent, the question is “How will I incorporate rest in my life?” A good question indeed, and perhaps a good question for each of us to ask ourselves,not just in Lent.
Let us Pray:
O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 833
Peace and blessing, and Happy Spring,