Dear <<First Name>>,
The more chaotic our personal lives and the world, the less we feel we can step away to rest. We are all juggling work demands, commute times, family needs, connections with friends and attention to caring for our bodies and spirits. When the news of the world gets bleak, it also increases our desire to join in efforts to do good, serve and volunteer. It always feels like we should be doing more, or we fear we aren't doing enough.
In this week's story, Elijah is facing a crisis, fleeing for his life. He should run, fight, go, work, do--but he collapses in exhaustion and burnout. God does not chastise him. In fact, God sends an angel to care for him and urges him to sleep, eat and rest.
When our lives and the world get more chaotic, God is not the one demanding we do more, work harder and attend to all the problems. God is the one urging us to rest, as a reminder that the world remains in God's hands. God can use us more effectively when we trust God and take a rest.
Join us on Sunday for a bit of rest and respite, and a chance to remind ourselves that God cares for us.
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