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Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.  

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation."   -Gen 2:1-3

Do you rest well? Seriously...when you have time to rest - do you rest intentionally or do you just try to fill up time with whatever feels good at the moment? The American lifestyle of "work hard, then crash, and work hard again" has been critiqued by our European brothers and sisters. They question why, when we finally have free time, we lay comatose on the couch with our eyes glazed over from watching five straight hours of television. My answer to them - I'm exhausted!

Sometimes I think we forgot our human need for Sabbath, for real rest. We can easily get burnt out from working, from giving, from doing, doing, doing, and think we don't deserve rest or that resting properly takes too much "important time." Notice though, in the first creation story above, God works hard, creating life and order out of chaos for six days. But, on the seventh day, God INTENTIONALLY rests. Resting was part of the plan. Sabbath, as modeled by our Creator (who probably knows what we need rather well) is a time to intentionally be with God and to remember who we are and who God is.

So how do you spend your Sabbath, your day of rest with God? Here are some of my favorites if you need a little help: go for a walk, read a good book, journal, call a friend, daydream, write a letter, meditate, take a nap, play with your kids, spouse, parents, neighbors, etc., make something yummy from scratch, go to church, turn off your cell phone, go on a bike ride, sketch, putz around, savor a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Sabbath isn't about praying all day, but it is about being mindful of all the things God has placed in our lives...and that kind of gratitude might just turn out to feel like an all-day prayer. 

Faithful travels everyone,

Pastor Lisa Buchanan 

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011
*Reprinted from The Knapsack October 10, 2012

Creator God, I need rest...I need the rest that only you can give. Send your Spirit into my life to carve out Sabbath time. Remind me who I am and help me to stand up for others who need your rest in their life. Amen.