It's a slightly later edition today. I hope you've had a peaceful start to your weekend. In our house, Saturday is often the day for running errands and doing homework.
In the Jewish faith and some Christian traditions Saturday is the sabbath day and traditionally for most Christians, Sunday is the sabbath day. In modern times, even in our current restrictions, we're often not very good at taking rest. We fill our days off with all sorts of activity and errands. Yet God says rest is important for us. In fact he said that it was so important that he wrote it into law for his people. I guess right from the beginning it was obvious that some of us would never stop unless forced.
Why not try to take some rest this weekend? Try not to fill all of your time with the to do list. Perhaps take some time off from social media if that is helpful. Don't feel afraid to say to others that you are resting today.
It takes a practiced discipline to rest so maybe just start with a morning or an afternoon. However you plan to rest, why not begin by taking a few moments to Pause, Ponder and Pray.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s proclaim together:
We are in the presence of God
who knows our needs,
hears our cries,
feels our pain,
and heals our wounds.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Psalm 131:1-2
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”
What fruit do you see being produced in your life?
What might / does life look like with Christ as the foundation?
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you that in Jesus I have a firm foundation for my life. Fill me again with your Holy Spirit that I might continue to produce good fruit in my life. Amen
Pray for all who work in the construction industry.
On our church list today we pray for:
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May the Lord bless us and watch over us,
the Lord make his face shine upon us
and be gracious to us,
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace