Summer is upon us and that means a welcome break from the normal rhythms of life – time to slow down, rest, vacation.  At least, that’s what it’s supposed to mean. The truth is that our culture doesn’t do rest very well; the rhythm always seems to be high tempo. We are a people desperately in need of rest, but seemingly unable to find it amidst the constant demands of our lives. How can we use this summer season of rest to actually find it?

How well rested are you right now? In general?

What is the one thing from which you most need a break? What would that look like for you?

Read Genesis 1:262:3. What did God create in the 6th Day? The 7th? What does it tell us about God that the first full day that God had for Adam and Eve was the 7th Day – the day of rest? What can we learn from this for our lives?

Does our ability, or inability, to rest tell us something about our trust in God? If so, what?

Read the following verses: Mark 1:21-28Luke 13:10-17John 9:1-34Mark 2:23-28Matthew 12:9-14Luke 4:38-39. As you read about Jesus as he heals the sick and feeds the hungry on the Sabbath, what does that tell you about Sabbath?

What are some ways that you would/could REMEMBER the Sabbath? What are some ways that you would/could KEEP the Sabbath?

Further Reading

Really Living

Have you ever had a moment when you thought, “Now, I’m really living!”? Maybe that feeling came with a thrilling moment, significant achievement, or meaningful experience. All of us want to experience that good life, but those feelings of “really living” seem to fade...

A Clear Perspective In Unclear Circumstances

Experiencing hardships is a normal part of life that can cause us to focus on negative feelings and anxiously anticipate negative outcomes. Being courageous followers of Jesus Christ doesn’t exempt us from these experiences and may, in fact, be the cause of them and...

Your Lens for Seeing Life

Like the lens of our eyes (or eyeglasses), we all carry around internal thoughts, feelings, and ideas composing core beliefs that filter our everyday experiences and help us make sense of life. As the Apostle Paul writes a “thank-you” note to the church at Philippi...