Refresh, Renew, Refocus…….
Jesus gave of himself fully when he was on earth as God’s Son, bringing healing, liberation, strength and hope to vast numbers of people in his daily ministry, but he also knew the value – indeed, the necessity – of taking ‘time out’ for refreshment and recharging of one’s batteries, in order to be able to return to our daily ministries in work, home and community with renewed focus, energy and joy!
In Mark’s Gospel (Chapter 6, vs. 30-32), after a particularly busy and exhausting time of serving others with his disciples, “Jesus said, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.’”
So, what ‘floats your boat’, so to speak? What provides you with a genuine break from your usual stresses and strains? Some might find it in time with yourself reading a good book, having a long walk in a beautiful location, or even having a good long sleep! <span style="font-size: 1rem;">Others might find it in activities shared with family or friends, perhaps going away on holiday, having a BBQ or shared meal, or enjoying a new adventure together.</span>
During August, I hope you and yours will take the opportunity to experience that much needed refreshment and renewal - you might even discover it in our churches in Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor during our varied Sunday services, but also throughout the week, as each church building is open in August, with opportunities to find peace and quiet, refreshing coolness when temperatures soar, and a warm welcome for everyone!
With every blessing, Vicar John