Resting and refuelling (7 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus' disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well. Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?” 

(John 4.6-8)

Reflect: 

In the great story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, John gives us an interesting detail about Jesus’ own body. Jesus was tired; he had been travelling along hot, dusty roads. He was hungry and thirsty and had opted to sit down at the well to quench his thirst and sending the disciples off for food. Even Jesus needed to refuel and rest.

Respond: 

Sabbath gives us an opportunity to rest and refuel for the journey. Take time today to eat and drink well, slow down and if possible catch up on sleep.

Midday Meditation:

“Most of us are more tired than we know at the soul level. We are teetering on the brink of dangerous exhaustion, and we cannot do anything else until we have got some rest...we can't really engage [in any spiritual disciplines] until solitude becomes a place of rest for us rather than another place for human striving and hard work.”

(Ruth Haley Barton)
 

Evening Reflection:

Tell the Lord how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful.

 Let Israel shout, God is always merciful!

Let the family of Aaron the priest shout, God is always merciful!

Let every true worshiper of the Lord shout, God is always merciful! 

(From Psalm 118)

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