Monday, July 6th Genesis 2:1-13

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” Genesis 2:1-13

Summer vacation is here. Time to rest. But you know what that means – spending two weeks getting ready to leave for a week. And then, a week later, coming back to all that piled up in our absence which means that we will work doubly hard for at least two weeks after we return. One week doing all that wasn’t done while we were gone and then the next week doing all that was put off the week before doing what should have been done the week we were gone.

Are we feeling rested yet?

I know I’m preaching to the choir on this one. We all know the value of rest. We all know the value of getting away with family or friends. Those experiences, rather than an escape from everyday life are actually opportunities to experience another aspect of life which often escapes us. Time together. Time away. Seeing new faces and old friends. Reconnecting with family. New coffee mugs and “All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” gifts. Vacation.

My children’s grandparents have gone to the same campground in Minnesota for at least the past 40 years. Their favorite vacation spot must feel like home. Yet they still get away. I think therein lies a pretty important point.

When Genesis tells us that God rested on the day after he had finished the work of creation, he didn’t escape from creation. He rested in it. He took time to enjoy it. He blessed that sabbath time.

For all of you who are reading this, on the eve of summer vacation, enjoy all of the sights and sounds of your preparation. Open yourself to the life that happens as you negotiate the schedules and the plans and the seating arrangements in the van. Value these days for the blessed times that they are.

And take lots of pictures. You’ll be glad later that you did.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, most of us are pretty good at non-productive time but easily stressed by taking time off. Protect those who travel, guide those far from home, help us to value our rest and recreation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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