RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, August 25, 2019
RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).
Main Idea: Jesus’ healing offered relief and rest – the very purpose of the sabbath.
Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew it was the Sabbath, and he knew it was unlawful to heal on the Sabbath. Religion had made a chore out of not working on the Sabbath. It almost seems Jesus went out of his way to heal a crippled woman in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Whether he used this woman as a teachable moment or not, one thing is clear – the woman would never be the same again. Jesus knew that there was a greater good – to heal on the Sabbath meant the woman would have a whole new life. Pretty good trade: one Sabbath day of work for a lifetime of healing. On this day, the lifetime wellness of the woman was a greater good than the daylong wellness of Jesus and his disciples.
I have heard that the new trend in offices these days is to shame co-workers for taking their paid vacations. I also know that vacations are often not more than working staycations, and even those who travel often bring their work with them. I wonder, what does this hamster wheel do for us? We work harder and faster to what end? Why are we in such a hurry? What good will come of it? I have come to learn that time to rest and rejuvenate is not a luxury, but a necessity. Our bodies and our brains were not designed to run 24/7. God knew it. It’s why God commanded that we rest on the Sabbath. Jesus knew it. It’s why he healed the woman on the Sabbath. Jesus’ work of healing meant a lifetime of less work (begging for alms, wondering where her next meal would come from) for the woman. Self-care is good for our bodies, our minds, our relationships, and even our work. Self-care is critical not only for healthy humans, but for a healthy planet. Sometimes all we need to encourage us to engage in healthy self-care is permission to do so.
Okay then. Go. Rest. Rejuvenate. You have permission.
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