Finding time to rest is so important. We all know it, but sometimes it’s so hard to give ourselves permission to sit down and breathe for more than a few moments. That’s why God invented the sabbath (Sunday), I think. Not especially for us to go to church and sit down with our congregations for an hour (although that is a good use of a Sunday as well) – but most of all because we need time to rest, to regroup, to recover from a week of hard work before we throw ourselves out into another week of much to-do.
I grew up with a lot of rules around this special day of the week, some of them were good (those I’ve kept) – others were not and tended to turn away from the main thing: finding rest in our selves and in our life + having time for God and our faith.
I love to think about how much God knows about us humans, much more than we know ourselves. I love to think how much God wants us to take care of us in the middle of it all; so we can be the best us that is and take on our everyday life with new-found energy from a slow day of rest and rekindling our faith in both God and us selves.
And Jesus concluded, “The Sabbath was made for the good of human beings; they were not made for the Sabbath.
Blessings for the week ahead.
Kyrie Eleison, we sing in our churches each Sunday (Norwegian, Lutheran).
Kyrie Eleison; Lord have mercy on us.
We ask for forgiveness like we have done as a church, a fellowship and followers of Christ since he walked among us and did good. We ask our Lord to look kindly on us, even though we have failed to follow his guides and his words. Sometimes it’s the little things we bring with us, sometimes it’s so huge we almost can’t sing the words. Sometimes we struggle with the concept of having to ask for forgiveness, sometimes we struggle with accepting that forgiveness is even a possibility. Sometimes we say the words out of habit, sometimes the words touch the very dept of our being.
Forgiveness is never an easy fix, neither when we show it to each other or when God forgives us. It can’t be forced; the hurt of the situation is real. It’s hard to ask for forgiveness too, admitting to our self and others that we did something wrong. Owning up to the hurt we inflicted on another life. But I believe in the power of it: to forgive and be forgiven is to set our self and others free – it’s a gift; a new start and a blank sheet.
Blessings for the week ahead.
There have been so much going on this weekend. Good stuff, like the two Confirmation services with the youths. We’ve been having classes since last fall, and it’s always so fun and special to see them all dressed up and beaming with pride and joy about their day. To sum it up there were a lot of smiles, sparkling eyes and white ‘angles’ walking into the church for a special service. There were parents and family that watched with pride and even a few tears in their eyes. It was all good and beautiful, and for me a little bitter sweet – this is the end of our year together and I’m going to miss them. A lot. I hope they have learned something about God, themselves and about how we are called to care for others. I hope they bring Jesus with them on their journey ahead. And I wish them all that is good, and Gods blessing too.
So, after a whole day of this I went to the farm to pick up MT. He has been there from Saturday to Sunday to give me some time to prepare and hold the above mentioned services. I know he would have a fun time there. Playing with their kitten, being outside or watching TV with his Grandma (she is so much less strict than me and keeps the TV on most of the afternoon/evening. MT doesn’t mind much!). I love that he has this bond with them and that he looks forward to visit them at the farm.
When I got there I saw MT standing in the field and when I looked up in the sky I saw a flying kite. MT was so happy. The wind was just right, Grandpa had taken the time to untangle the line and MT was all smiles standing still leading the kite on while the wind did the rest. And I got to take photos. I didn’t care about breaking all the laws of photography and shot right against the sun catching the whole scene of him, the green grass, the kite and the blue sky. Such a simple thing, but it made my day. A perfect ending to a already fantastic nice day.
So, how were your Sunday?
It’s my second go @ the simple things, I love the idea of this.
I hope I can keep it a regular thing on Mondays.