Going Deeper 07.16.2021

The Gospel reading for Pentecost 8... Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Rest is important.  Rest is a gift of God.  In some parts of the world, a vacation get-away is referred to as a "holiday."  In fact, it can be seen as a "holy-day." Rest is so vital that in the first Creation Story God even role-modeled "Sabbath Rest" for us.  And as we see in this text and elsewhere in the Gospels, Jesus sought to get away for rest and encouraged His disciples to do the same.

Harry Wendt, my all-time favorite Bible scholar and teacher, who hailed from Australia, called resting "Coming Apart."  He once said that unless we come apart we very well might fall apart.

Of course, there are different kinds of resting.  Many of us have probably had vacations that were so busy and filled with activity that we needed to get home to get some rest!  That is okay to a point.  But what Jesus is encouraging His disciples to do following their return from a 'mission trip' is to get away from the crowds to a quiet place and simply rest.  Perhaps it would be better to call this a "retreat."  

There are many different ways to rest, but it is vital for us to do so.  And it is good for us to retreat-- if even just for a short time-- to rest and relax as we focus on the presence and the gifts of Jesus, seeking to be replenished not only in body and mind, but also in spirit.  

May God grant us all good rest!

 

(If you think it might be helpful to take just a short 'rest,' I am attaching a powerpoint that just might help)

In Quietness and Rest 2.pptx

 

 

 

 

In His Peace,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"