This is my seventh newsletter to this wonderful congregation. Can you believe that it has been seven months since I arrived as your new minister? Time surely does fly. As I was sitting in the study, in the parsonage, I began thinking about what to write to you in this newsletter; and, I immediately thought about the sermon that I preached on the Sunday before Labor Day, entitled, “Should We Still Honor the Sabbath?”
Every Sunday morning, when we gather, we take time out to pause. We do this because life can get so busy with a laundry list of things that we have to do; and, I think it is imperative for us to pause every once and awhile to take a sabbath (i.e., a breather, a break, to rest, etc.). We have to take time out to unplug and think and reflect about what we are actually doing
and, why we are doing it. If we don’t, we will get frustrated, overwhelmed, and burned out.
So—let me encourage you to take a daily, weekly, monthly, and an annual sabbath. A time to just rest; to rest from the day-to-day grind; to rest from perpetually thinking about all the things that you have to do; and, to rest from trying to help everyone around you when they are in a bind.
Study after study has shown that people who take a break and rest from their work get more accomplished than those who don’t; that being said, make sure you take time to rest; to exercise; to laugh with friends and family; to sleep-in late; and to do the things that bring you the most joy.
I leave you with some words from the Book of Genesis: “So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”
May the peace and love of God fill your hearts.
Pastor Michael L. Sloan