"The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. (31) He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile." For they were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat."" (Mark 6:30--31)
What is your favorite thing to do? The thing you do everyday if at all possible? I know for some people it is garden and/or yard work. I, personally, am very thankful for their skills and their sharing. Ya'll know I do needlework. I was recently talking with my grandson, though, about if I should quilt or curl up with a good book. The advantage of the quilt is I am making the quilt as a prayer quilt to be shared with a friend very much in need of prayers.
Sharing is what is happening with the readings today. Nathan is pointing out to David how God does not want David to build the temple. (2 Samuel 7:4-9) Paul is reminding the Ephesians (and us) how we all are a part of Christ Jesus and have "access in one Spirit to the Father." (Ephesians 2:18) And in the Gospel reading the disciples are back from the "Go" Jesus sent them on (Mark 6:7) a couple of weeks ago. They are excited, tired, sharing and hungry. Jesus is listening but also having the "come away" to "rest awhile." (Mark 6:31) They have come together to share, to celebrate, and to grow in their relationship(s). Jesus is encouraging this but also encouraging the "come away" to "rest."
So....... what is your favorite thing? How do you share it? Can you use it to spend time with God - to grow and strengthen your relationship with God? Caregivers are often "coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat" but do we take time to s-t-o-p, share and "come away." This week's reading is "Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson. It is a wonderful guide to/for prayer - time away with God. Taking time to be with God, strengthen our relationship with God AND to share with others.......something to think about.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.