Dear Fellow Members and Friends of St. Paul,
March Madness is upon us!
For the church we are moving ever closer to Jesus’ passion as Lent progresses. Many Pastors and others involved in the preparations are starting to grow weary and need some extra rest. In Mark 6:31 we hear these words of invitation: “Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”.
Jesus knows what we are all facing on a daily basis. He witnessed His followers pressed on all sides, fast-forwarding their prayers for healing, unable to stop and eat. Jesus saw and said, “Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”. Stop, rest, find quiet, get away, refresh. These are the urgings of our Lord and Savior Himself. We should feel no guilt, we should feel no shame. Let us remember Jesus regularly withdrew to be alone and pray.
However, remember as you face your fatigue that mercies of your Lord endure forever. Remember that His compassion fails not. Indeed, the constant compassion of God for fallen humanity includes you. His refreshment for you is in the promise of His constant presence. And when you have been restored to full strength, it will be His hand lifting you up, His arms on your shoulder sending you back into the world and His love displayed in your acts of love and compassion for a fallen world.
So do yourself a favor. Take some time for yourself, get away, talk with God in prayer and He will strengthen you, empower you and keep you in your Christian faith and life.
Rev. Scott A. Kozisek