The Pandemic will be blamed for many things, but one thing it has brought is rest. Rest for the planet and its inhabitants.

This morning’s sermon by Megan Marshman reminded me of how lost we can get in the busyness of our lives. It reminded me that God knew how important rest was so He modeled it himself on the seventh day after He created the earth. He knew we would become weary and tired and lose our effectiveness.

“God can’t do more with you until you rest,” Marshman said. Burn out is not a badge, she continued in telling the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19. He had had a number of successes, but needed rest.

We are the same way. We have had some successes and want to keep the momentum going. But God knows we need rest. I mean He shut down the whole planet.

The journey is designed to make you grow weary. Rest when the shepherd lays you down. Psalm 23 tells us the pasture is green and lush. Rest in it.

Loaded With History

African Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra is artwork by Kerry James Marshall. This work is the shape of Africa as a cubist sculpture.

┬áit offers a complex meditation on African ancestry and black aesthetics. Africa Restored formally references the nkisi nkondi, or power figures, of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These sculptures were crafted as basic armatures into which accretions of metals, mirrors, and nails were driven to activate their force. – (Art Institute of Chicago)

Happy Juneteenth

June 19, 1865

It was the day African Americans found out the war was over.

It was the day they found out they were free.

After years of slavery, they were free.

There has been a celebration every year since.

It reminds us that our freedom date is different than their freedom date.

Freedom is fought for.

Rioters remind us of that this year.