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Weekly Moravian Message July 19, 2015

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost July 19, 2015

Rest for the Weary

After a long hard day, toiling away in the wilderness of this modern world, it is a fine and wonderful thing to put our feet up. Perhaps we talk with our family about the day that has just passed, seeking decompression and release from the burdens we have been carrying from sunup to sundown. We seek restoration. We try to reset. It’s not always easy, is it?

When Jesus’ disciples gathered around him and told him of the work they had been doing, this was his response: “Come away . . . by yourselves and rest a while” (Mark 6:33). This was to be their moment to reset, recharge, and reenergize to prepare for the work that tomorrow would certainly hold. But it was not to be.

The crowds followed Jesus and his companions, and when Jesus saw them, he had compassion for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus and the disciples spent the rest of the day and evening teaching, feeding, healing, and providing elements and acts of God’s grace to all the people gathered. Even into the next day, they were healing a new group on the other side of the water.

When we are ready to stop, to lay down our burdens, to put up our feet and retreat from the world for a time, the world often fails to stop with us. There is still hunger, still pain, still suffering, and we Christians are called by God to help when and where we can.

When Jesus says, “Rest a while,” he is not talking only about us. This is not just a call for us to lay down our burdens. It’s also telling us to help others lay down theirs.

Adam Spaugh, pastor, Palmyra Moravian Church, Cinnaminson, New Jersey

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, March 24 — Psalm 38:17–22
Exodus 29:31–30:16; Matthew 26:14–30

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

And a woman, having learned that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Luke 7:37–38

Friend of sinners, thank you for the gift of grace. Cause us to see more clearly the design you have for us to share this grace with all people—including are neighbors and friends. Grant new opportunities today to share and listen for your love. Amen.

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