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Taking Rest

May 31, 2013 1 comment

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Growing up the month of June meant three things.  First; school was out and I wouldn’t have to go back for about three months. Second; on the afternoon of the last day of school I would get a summer hair cut from my mom…she would buzz my brother and I good.  Lastly June was the beginning of the count-down to our two week vacation at the beach down in Baja California.

This was one of the best things we ever did as a family.  My Dad worked really hard every year saving up to make this happen for us.  Down at a beach called “La Mision” between Tijuana and Ensenada, at a rented house we would swim, fish, play, read, listen to Dodger games and just “Be” for two weeks.  It truly was a restful, joyous experience, especially for my father.  It was fun to watch him get rejuvenated from the burdens of his ministry workload and find rest.

I heard a Christian theologian explain that the word “rest” used in the scripture above, literally meant the essence of what amounts to taking a vacation. So when Jesus spoke this invitation to, He could have been saying “Come unto me all who are heavy laden…and I will give you…a vacation.”

I am not exactly sure what that means in the context of being a Christ Follower.  But if it comes anywhere close to the idea that in being with Jesus, I can experience the joy, fellowship, grace, love and wonder that was my family’s life for two weeks in Mexico every summer, then I’m in.

I accept the invitation of Jesus to live in His rest, and leave the burdens of selfishness, sin, religion, and human expectation behind, so that I may live a life of wonder and joy in the constant company of Christ who loved me and gave His life for me.  I invite you to come along with me.

Blessings,

Pastor Joel

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A PROVERB FOR CAROL

“…Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed…” Proverbs 31:25-28

I have always thought that I had pretty good Mom as moms go. She is a person I have admired all my life, even when we have had our disagreements… which have been epic at times, especially when they centered on the subject of chores.

However it is in these later years that I have seen my mom really shine. She has always been a woman of Proverbs, but the description of a Godly woman as is described in the verses above could not be more true of my mother then it is right now.

When most 85 year olds with her spark and vitality are putting their energy into taking it easy and enjoying the fruit of retired living, my mom is putting all her energy into caring for my Dad, whom she has been married to for 60 plus years.

Even when the love of her life has been ravaged by Alzheimer’s and dementia to the point that his behavior is unrecognizable from the man he used to be. My Mom is facing these challenges with strength and dignity as well with a little laughter. As her son I have been blessed by what I see God doing in her life.

She is generous and as interested in other people as she always has been.

My Mom is still teaching me…

And in case you were wondering why I would write so personally about my Mom in a public forum, well… this is me “…rising up to call her blessed.”

Blessings, Pastor Joel

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