Find Rest (28-12-22)
Follow The Star: An Invitation to Find Rest
Today's reflection is written by Gemma Hunt, TV presenter, author, public speaker and children's entertainer.
We've had three sleeps since celebrating Christmas Day. How has that sleep been for you?
Welcomed after all the busyness of the preparations for the big day, or still awaited, as you’ve still been non-stop visiting or entertaining? I'm definitely in the latter team, although I'd much prefer to be in the former!
This year I'm performing in a panto, which I love, it's a fun, festive show bringing joy to many, but it means it's been a busy season in a different way, entertaining a theatre full of audiences rather than a houseful for mince pies and pigs in blankets.
I'm sure that, like you, I could do with a bit of a break soon, and I'm so grateful that Jesus offers each of us exactly that. Today's reading is from the gospel according to Matthew.
Bible Reading: Matthew 11:28-30
At that time Jesus said, ‘Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Today's reading can help us focus for a moment on who it is we are actually celebrating right now: Jesus. Jesus doesn't expect us to push ourselves beyond our capacity to celebrate his birthday with all the people we're seeing (or not seeing) at the moment. He simply invites us to ‘come to me’ for a good rest.
Whether we are feeling well-rested, still feeling a bit frantic, or even perhaps struggling to enjoy the festivities at all this year, I am certain that all of us can do with putting our feet up and getting a good night's sleep. And remembering that Jesus didn't come to make us busy, but invites us to find rest
Whatever is going on for you today, whether too much, too little or just about right, take time to hear Jesus’ invitation to rest.
Loving Jesus, thank you for your invitation to all of us to take a break, which we gladly receive with humble gratitude.
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