Preparing for holidays, preparing for exam results, preparing for test results preparing for the next season in life.
July is a time to rest, reflect, replenish to give us time out of the regular stuff and walk into the space of relaxation…
Yet as I have mentioned at the beginning, it can also be a daunting time too as we wait in preparation. I was talking with a young person I have known since she was 11, now she awaiting her exam results. She said sitting the exams is ok, it’s waiting for the results that’s stressful. I remember being away for my results so I got my best friend to open the letter for me and tell me over the phone. I was as nervous as hell and so glad when it was all over. Waiting is hard and we are not so used to it. I suppose that’s why we need rest replenishing and relaxation.
Jesus said ‘come to me all who weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest. ‘ Just as ++Stephen (Archbishop of York) said I am not ashamed to say I lean into Jesus. This is where a greater peace and rest comes from because Love knows we need it.
When we face trials and difficulties and testing times, which we all do, we have a God who knows, who cares and who longs to bring us rest, true rest, deep rest. God bless you, God keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace Amen
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