The idea of ‘rest’ is something we’ve all faced after doing something long, tiring, or hard. In this sense the reason and need for rest is obvious, but are there ways to do it well, or even badly? Researcher Esther Bernhofer writes: “Without a clear definition and understanding of rest and its parameters, its restorative benefits may not be realized and the advice to rest, based on little evidence, has limited usefulness and unknown risks.” Being at risk in rest certainly makes me curious! So what is good rest, where does it come from, how might we do it, so that it does renew us? These are some of the questions we’ll explore over the next few weeks.
- Created Rest, Genesis 1:1 – 2:3, Exodus 20:8-11 (June 19)
- Reframed Rest, Mark 6:30-34, Matthew 11:25–12:14 (June 26)
- Secured Rest, Isaiah 57:14-21, Hebrews 4:1-11 (July 3)