Thursday, March 18, 2021
An excerpt from Hebrews 4:9-11a (NRSV):
So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest.
Reflection from Jon Dutcher:
In the creation story, God created the world in six days. But the story did not stop there. On the seventh day, God “blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:3). So, in effect, rest is an integral part of creation. And it is an intentional act, just as important as the creation of the earth and sky, plants, creatures and humankind.
Paul is inviting the followers of Christ to share the “sabbath rest” in their tradition. This message is as relevant today as it was in the time of the early church. We need to be intentional in our rest, just as we are in our daily work. Only then can we re-create ourselves in God’s image.
Painting by Jon Dutcher, “Summer at Hamlin Lake”
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 51:1-12; Isaiah 30:15-18; Hebrews 4:1-13
by Eric Whitacre, sung by VOCES8
“The evening hangs beneath the moon,
A silver thread on darkened dune.
With closing eyes and resting head,
I know that sleep is coming soon.
If there are noises in the night,
A frightening shadow, flickering light,
Then I surrender unto sleep
Where clouds of dream give second sight.
What dreams may come both dark and deep,
Of flying wings and soaring leap,
As I surrender unto sleep.”
Tags: Lent 2021