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Weekly Moravian Message: February 4, 2018

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

When We Are Overwhelmed

“Everyone is looking for you.” Do you ever feel that way? In this hustle-bustle, rat race of a world we live in, some days it seems as if everyone wants a piece of us. If it’s not our kids, it’s our spouse. If it’s not our boss, it’s our co-workers. Even when we do things of our own volition, some days it seems as if there’s just not enough of us to go around. Overdoing it, giving into everyone’s demands, spreading ourselves too thin can make us feel exhausted or even angry and frustrated. What’s a body to do?

“Everyone is looking for you.” Teaching in the synagogue, exorcising demons, healing the sick, the whole city showing up at his door—no wonder Jesus needed to escape!

What did Jesus do? He got away from it all—to pray.

When we are feeling overwhelmed by the constant demands of our life . . . when we need some respite from our hectic schedules . . . when we need to be renewed . . . there is help. We can take our clue from Jesus.

When everybody was looking for him, he was doing what he needed to do. Not more teaching or healing. Jesus himself was being healed. Jesus was being revitalized. After such a demanding day, Jesus knew that his body needed rest, that his spirit needed to be refreshed.

And he knew the only One who could do it. He went to a deserted place and prayed. And after spending some time with his Father, he had the strength and the focus to go on.

What’s a body to do?

Pat Honszer, pastor, First Moravian Church, Easton, Pennsylvania 

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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