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The Rockin' Rev March 2022

ROCKIN REV

Work and Rest

 

Spring is on its way and gardeners everywhere will be gearing up for a frenzy of activity as things start to come back to life. Keen gardeners will have used the winter months to organize their thoughts and they will have ordered a selection of summer-flowering bulbs and seeds ready for early spring planting
 
Having a general tidy up, removing leaves and other debris from flowerbeds and borders is always a necessary task after the winter months. Then there may be a lawn to feed, rake, and scarify
 
Preparing a garden for the spring will also entail hunting down and removing hibernating pests such as slugs, snails, and aphid colonies that have sheltered for the winter in the crowns of perennial plants
 
Make no mistake, gardening is hard work even if the rewards for that hard work are pleasing and enjoyable
 
The first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis opens with a glorious account of God’s work of creation. But it also tells us that after six days of work, God rested on the seventh day:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done  (Genesis 2:2-3)
 
Life can sometimes feel as if it’s all work and very little play. We spend more of our time doing rather than being, toiling but never really resting, never really taking time to enjoy God’s good creation
 
We all need to find that balance of work and rest, the balance between activity and slowing down. But we are not always good at that because our world seems to be in the fast lane. We often find ourselves rushing everywhere. We rush out of habit, and we rush because everyone around us is rushing
 
Amid all the rushing around, all the frenzied activity, and all the work that life entails, taking time to really rest is vitally important as it benefits us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually
 
Danish theologian and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, “If I were allowed to prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence”. Silence is a form of rest
 
Noise and tiredness are pandemic in our world. We can’t drop our jobs and neglect all our commitments and responsibilities, but we can inject pockets of rest to pull us away from the grind of daily routine

 

Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

 

published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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