Daily Devotion Thursday, January 31st

Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Psalm 143; Isaiah 49:13-23 (24-26); Galatians 3:1-14 and Mark 6:30-46

Mark 6:30-46 – 30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”

A couple of weeks ago, after Sunday school, a member of the class asked me; “when did you last get to go on a spiritual retreat?” We’d been talking in Sunday school about the early Christians and how many of them went off to pray in a secluded place. I had to be honest; it’d been at least a couple of years or more. He encouraged me to set aside the time and to do it; for especially pastor’s need time of R & R (not rest and relaxation or recreation and relaxation but rest, reflection and re-creation).

When was the last time you took some time to get away and have time with God? For too many of us, it’s been never or is way overdue. I encourage you to set aside some time to be with God and rest a while. The Sabbath was originally meant to be a day of rest, a day to relax oneself and renew oneself. If you have the time and want, there are some great spiritual retreat centers, often very close to where you are now living. If you’d like help locating one, I’d be glad to be of assistance.

I’m reminded as I write this, as to how I said to myself – Forsyth and the Ozarks will be a perfect place for stopping for simply 15 minutes every now and then and spending 15 uninterrupted minutes with God, in the midst of God’s wonderful creation. Good idea. Something I need to get in the habit of doing. I can honestly say, I have not made this a habit.

Today, hear Jesus saying unto you; come with me to a quiet place and abide with me and let me abide with you. Rest yourself and let me renew your heart, spirit, soul and mind. Now set aside the time to do just this for 15, 20, 30 minutes or an hour and down the line for a day or week.

O God, thank you for the reminder of our need to rest with you. May I make time to be with you and allow you to really, really be with me. Amen.

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