“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6:30-32 NIV
Many of us in this society, in this generation, measure ourselves by work completed, goals achieved, items checked off on our “TO DO” lists. The Puritan Ethic still expresses itself in our families, our churches, and our work.
It may feel confusing to many of us why, as we come out of this extended time of lock down and isolation, when many of the tasks and goals we set were not achieved and even our play was limited, why are we so tired?
In the text from Marks’s gospel printed above, Jesus has just welcomed his disciples back from their first solo missionary experience. They came back with stories of victory and accomplishments and their “TO DO” list was done! While they were gone, Jesus received heart breaking news. His cousin John the Baptist had been killed by Herod. In my opinion, the combined stress of success and heartbreak drove Jesus, the greatest shepherd and pastor who ever lived, to call his disciples to break away, to retreat for healing and restoration, to go on vacation with him!
Perhaps the events of this past year have left you weary and tired. I understand that many things on your “TO DO” list did not happen. I want to encourage you to make some time this summer to get away to a quiet place with Jesus and ask the lover of your soul to help you create a “TO BE” list. What does the savior, the one who knit you together in your mother’s womb dream for you? What might God want you “TO BE”?
I believe Jesus is calling us, “Come away with me to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Come and join us online for worship this Sunday morning at 9:00 A.M. for our Heritage worship service featuring our choir and familiar hymns, or at 11:00 A.M. for our new Contemporary worship featuring Nairobi Smith leading worship. Both of these services will be available online through Facebook and YouTube. Please take time to look at and respond to the flyer in this newsletter and help our Administrative Council make decisions about the future of our online presence and our Contemporary Service, we need your voice! We’ll save you a seat!
Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge