These Your men who deliver Your eternal Word and deal with Eternal Matters with Eternal consequences can be overwhelmed at the sheer enormity of the task. Some days it seems like every decision, discussion, and direction we turn has implications concerning destiny. Sometimes it feels like we are styling a sermon, crafting a class, or preparing a program every waking moment. In some settings these Your men feel as if they cannot win, that there are overwhelming forces allied against them, that there is an elder, a member, a situation that they carry on their shoulders every day. Father, on this Saturday, before our Sunday, I pray that You will bless these brothers with a Saturday. With some time for rest, some space to recreate, and that they will take those moments and enjoy them. Help them to not have guilt about not getting everything done. Help them to know that no sermon is perfect. Help them to trust that You are present and that everything doesn’t depend on them. God, we cannot imagine that You NEEDED rest, so we can only surmise that the example from Creation was for us. So help us to remember that example and to not feel remorse or regret when we follow said example. Thank You for the permission to have a Saturday. Whether we watch some football, play with our children or grandchildren, take a drive, do some woodworking or yard-working, or just chill out, may we recreate and may we be better for it tomorrow. May we trust there can be holiness and wholeness in rest.
In The Name of Him who took His followers aside for rest,