March 19, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:30-46
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

  • “Come away to a deserted place and rest a while.” I don’t think Jesus had in mind a quarantine when he said this, but if the shoe fits… Some people in our community are experiencing an imposed period of isolation. Maybe you are one of them. These individuals need our prayers and support. This is a difficult thing even in the best of circumstances. Seclusion can be restful if we’re open to it, but it can be especially anxiety-inducing if we’re not. We are a busy people, and many of us find comfort in schedules, task lists, and connections. Remember, time away from one’s routine, retreat, time to rest (Sabbath) is an essential part of every faith tradition. Remember to carve out time to rest today or this week. Write in your journal how you might do this. Where is your place apart from the ordinary routine? What practice do you find restorative? Again, though, I encourage you to keep those who are being quarantined in prayer.  
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