Daily Easter Devotion Friday, April 19th

Friday, April 19, 2013 – Psalm 49; Daniel 6:1-15; 2 John 1-13 and Luke 5:12-26

Luke 5:12-26 – 15But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

Back on April 11th, I shared the nice surprise, while I was at Ghost Ranch, of spending time with a group studying Sabbath practices. Today’s reading comes to me on my first Sabbath day, a day for rest, a day for me, a day for me to be with God. Since entering the ministry, I’ve tried to set aside Friday’s as my “day off”; a day to get things done that I need to get done and to be with God.

Since I took Monday this week as the travel day back from Ghost Ranch I had planned on this being a work day, but then God broke in with this word from His word to us. So, now I am struggling with what to do with my day.

So, here’s my plan. To get the couple of things done I need to for work, spend time with God out in God’s creation (maybe a walk in the woods to see if I can get closer to the Eagles nest) and get some things done I simply need to do for myself.

Here’s my question for you? Do you have a day that you set aside as a Sabbath day; a day for rest from work, or from things you normally do? What do you enjoy doing on your Sabbath day? How do you build in time for God?

Friends in our text from Luke we hear; “But he (Jesus) would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” If this was important to Jesus to do, so it should be for us, his children – sons and daughters of God.

Besides reminding me of my need for a Sabbath day, it reminds me to build in time for retreats with God; retreats to clear my mind and focus upon where I find God calling the church, leading me and forming me in his image.

O God, thanks for the reminder from your work of the importance of spending quiet time with you. May I do that today and may we build time to be away with you. Amen.

Friends, if you have ever wanted to read a complete book of the Bible, read the reading from 2nd John 1-13. It’s the complete book. Focus upon his command that we follow Christ’s commandment to love one another.

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