Well, my dear friends, 2020 is nearly half over! And what a year it has been thus far…I don’t even need to list all that has happened, all that has changed. And we don’t yet know where all of these events are leading us.
So, perhaps you are like me and you feel a need to just stop for a bit, take a deep breath, and lean into the beauty of God’s creation. I like to spend time sitting on my back porch in the summer. Right now it’s breezy…I can see the tree branches blowing a bit…I can hear the birds singing…I can see the splashes of color from the garden baskets my daughter and I planted…I can even hear the sounds of remodeling from the next street over with the old 70’s pop songs playing softly.
And it dawns on me that in the midst of our work and our callings, we need to tend our souls…to abide in God’s presence…to truly rest, remembering who we are and to whom we belong. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them, bear much fruit for apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
There will always be valuable work to do in our vocations as the people of God…but for today, your “work” is to abide, rest, refresh, renew. Find that space whether it is physical or emotional or mental and take a break. Let Jesus tend to you for a bit.
Breathe deeply. Be still. Be well. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.