September 12

What Happens When We Forget to Rest?

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Wayne Muller writes in the book Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest:

If we forget to rest we will work too hard and forget our more tender mercies, forget those we love, forget our children and our natural wonder. God says: Please don’t. It is a waste of a tremendous gift I have given you. If you knew the value of your life, you would not waste a single breath. So I give you this commandment: Remember to rest. This is not a life-style suggestion, but a commandment — as important as not stealing, not murdering, or not lying.”

Remember the Sabbath, remember to rest, and I would add remember to rest on the day that God created especially for that purpose. Don’t get so caught up in work that you lose. Don’t “waste a single breath.” God has given us a commandment that we might be better spouses, community members, parents, church members, and human beings.

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