Sunday, 3 February 2013

Burden of No Rest!

Today at Church, I learnt something valuable. Something that many of the people around me feel and I feel. It is the burden of not having rest. One of the pastors said that many of us, dont rest. We chase burdens that will weigh us down, and at the same time already have some on our shoulders. God made us in his image, did he not? He also created the Earth in 6 days and on the 7th he rested, and so do we. He gave us a day to rest as he did. He gave us a day to enjoy the fruit of our labour. Us, with our fast paced and technological life, dont stop to think. We never just zone out and be at peace, because we constantly compete, we constantly work. We try to impress, our boss, our teacher, our parents and we just continue, piling more and more deadlines, and projects, that they all over lap.

Our priorities need to be balanced. We work for six days and that one last day, we rest, we stop and we enjoy the peace that was given to us, that we can give our selves.

This may be short, but it doesn't take a lot to understand what I'm saying. Think, why be given a day to rest and just work constantly answer new emails. Just relax!

7 comments:

  1. Man. Did I need this post tonight Tzur. I have been so stressed and it is Sunday near midnight and I can't seem to turn off my brain. Time for sleep. Yhanks for the reminder.

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  2. Years ago, I worked with an Orthodox rabbi who took his sabbath observance VERY seriously. He taught me a lot. He and his wife spent time preparing for the sabbath. They cooked their food for the sabbath in advance. Since they would not turn on anything electric on the sabbath, they would turn on the lights they would need on the sabbath BEFORE sundown and they would leave them on all day until the sabbath was over (at the next sundown). They lived within walking distance of their synagogue so they would not need to drive on the sabbath. Everyone who belonged to their synagogue lived within walking distance of the synagogue; so one of the biggest activities of their religious community was to walk to friend's homes to visit on the sabbath. This really strengthened the whole community and built up friendships. Of course, they did not go shopping or out to eat on the sabbath.

    Observing the sabbath was taken very seriously by my friend's religious community. It was a bit frustrating to me, because as a hospital chaplain, he was supposed to be available in case of emergencies on the weekend. But he would not answer the telephone, so I had to cover for him. Fortunately, their were not many emergencies on weekends at that hospital. Anyway, he told me that in his view the sabbath was the best day of the week--a gift from God.

    Jesus often broke the sabbath laws of his day in order to love his neighbor. He saw some of the Jewish laws as oppressive. But I think Christians can and should make an effort to learn from our Jewish friends. We have lost something of real value by not even trying to keep a sabbath.

    Perhaps we can joyfully learn to receive this gift of God again. Receiving this gift of God with joy might be a step to bringing new life and health into our communities and our lives. (And this probably holds true for more of the Jewish laws too.) If Christians could FREELY embrace the observance of the sabbath, God would be pleased, and we would be blessed.

    Thank you for your post.

    (By the way, I am a retired United Methodist pastor in Orlando, Florida)

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    1. My background is mixed. My dad comes from a Jewish Family and my mom comes for a Christian one. I have learnt to understand both views of these religions and have been more relaxe since then. I was always asking people who I am, a Jewish boy or a Christian one? But what people said never sunk in, I always kept searching, until I found the answer in myself, I am neither. I am a son of God and I will follow in his footsteps. And as if was given to me I will rest on the Seventh day as the Rabbi did.

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  3. Oops, please change "their" to "there" in the post above--I didn't catch it before it posted..

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  4. Tzur, I agree and appreciate the sentiment. I just don't really understand what it means to rest. For example, I can't not do anything for any significant length of time. I find that I need time to sit and surf the net, read a book, watch some television, and things like that. Resting to me means my mind isn't actively engaged in problem solving, unless that problem is entertainment based.

    So, what exactly does it mean to rest?

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    1. William, I am not saying, that you shouldn't have the gears in your head turning, but when I mean rest, I mean being with the ones you love, that ones that need you and have an empathetic link to you. When I say relax, I mean to let yourself 'regenerate' to let yourself be free, not with the burdens of work and school. Do what you find fitting as a relaxing, it is your free day.

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  5. This post makes me think of an old Andy Griffith episode where Andy and Barney and family relax on Andy's front porch, singing and talking with one another after church services that morning. A stranger wanders into town when his car breaks down. Gomer and Goober at the filling station will fix his car but not on Sunday; they are out for the day. The stranger must wait till Monday for any car repair. He is forced to relax with Andy's family and enjoy quiet family times and Sunday meals. The entire time this stranger is anxious to have his car repaired and move on about his business but through his waiting and observing Andy and friends, he realizes he actually likes resting.

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