“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Beloved Church-in-the-Garden Family & Friends,
A quick note for August:
August is a time when many people take vacations. We pack up the car for a road trip or we get on a train or a plane and go someplace to relax, have fun, and rest. The truth of the matter is that with all of the stuff we are dealing with in our lives, individually and collectively, we need some time to get some rest. And not just rest in the way that we know the word to mean in today’s parlance. Rather, rest in the full semantic understanding of New Testament Greek in which one ceases an activity in which one is engaged, particularly a worrisome or wearisome activity. Christ is teaching us to take the time and cancel out those things that keep us from focusing our attention on what God is calling us to do. No wonder why, Christ says to learn from him!
I believe that in our rest and relaxation, in order for us to better rest we need to reflect on Christ and the God that we serve. Upon reflection we can take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there. With reflection, we can think over what the Lord has done, the many blessings that our God provides, and what we need to do after we get some rest.
As I take a few weeks this month to rest, I will be reflecting on what God is doing and has done in my life, the life of our church, and the lives of my family and friends. I hope that many of us will do some reflecting as we take our vacations and return recharged, reflective, and ready to continue to do the work of the Lord.
Let me extend the invitation to all, starting August 15, 2018 at 7:30pm, to come to Bible Study at Church-in-the-Garden. I want you all to come with your Bibles, your questions, and your favorite scripture(s), and lets search the scriptures and let them breathe new meanings into our lives!
As always, I encourage all who read this to join us on Sunday mornings and visit our Bible Study on Wednesday nights. If you cannot come, please send someone in your place! All are welcome and of course, the Garden is Open to All!
Rev. Earl Y. Thorpe Jr.