Thus the heavens and earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Right at the beginning of the bible we read that God created a day of rest, a ‘holy day’, which became our ‘holiday’, and as I am resting from my work on holiday in the beautiful Lake District it made me realise afresh how important it is to set aside time to rest, away from our regular, daily work. That work might be employment, or volunteering, or running a family home, or living our daily lives in retirement, but we all need a rest or a break from it occasionally. It has been difficult during lockdown and shielding, and even as restrictions began to lift a little, to be able to take holiday. Furlough was not holiday, it was not being able to go to work. For those of you who have not been able to get away on holiday, finding a way of ‘resting’ is important and definitely not something to feel guilty about!
Father God, thank you for your sabbath rest. Thank you for your permission, and encouragement, that we should take time away from our daily work to rest. May we all find time and space to rest and to enjoy the work you rested from, your creation of earth and sky and sea, trees and plants, animals and birds and life around us. Amen.