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“So you see that a sabbath rest is left open for God’s people. The one who entered God’s rest also rested from his works, just as God rested from his own.” - Hebrews 4:9-10

The value of rest cannot be overstated. I am keenly aware of this as I return from a time of rest, having been on vacation with my family. It may sound like old news, yet the reminder is quite helpful. The need for rest becomes most apparent when our labor is physical: at the end of a day of yard work, quiet relaxation is essential to restore the human body.

The need to rest following other types of work is also essential. Taking time to recover from mentally or emotionally strenuous activity is not just a healthy practice; it is part of the ten commandments! Many verses support sabbath rest, and while some may sound trivial at first, they ultimately accentuate the need to separate ourselves from our work.

Rest is not only crucial for our body and mind to recover; it also creates space for us to be aware of God. God is ever-present, but our awareness of God’s presence may not be as acute without rest. Establishing time for rest creates opportunities for purposeful connection with God. In addition, it clearly demonstrates the importance of God in our lives to others seeking the respite and tranquility only God can provide.


Fr. Paul

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