God promises rest.

This summer I have found myself reflecting again on the promises of God. The bible is full of stories of people who discovered God made promises and was faithful.  I’ll be saying a bit more about this on Sunday at our first summer gathering and helping us reflect on three promises God makes through the story of Abraham and Sarah. Later in August our second Summer Gathering will explore the promise of God’s presence with us. 

For now, though, just take a step back and remind yourself: God makes promises to people.  God enters into commitments for humanities sake.  Many of these come to us through the words of Jesus, words we can rely on. 

After a term full of activity, adventure, transition, joy, and sadness I find myself grateful, weary and ready for slower pace. I suspect I’m not the only one feeling tired!  As a church we tend cut back on activities in August and have a lighter rhythm.  As I try to slow down, and at the same time attempt to finish tasks ahead of some family holiday time next week.  I find myself looking back to the well-known commitment of Jesus in Matthew 11:28. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

This is a promise of God.  Come to Jesus, and he will give you rest. 

Whether you have a busy summer or a quiet one.  If its work-as-usual or there is some time away, this is something you can rely on.  Make a choice, come to Jesus, he’s got what you need. 

Holy God, you are faithful.
I trust in your promises.