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Hebrews 4:9-10 So then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his.
I am pretty sure that’s not how or why God rested on the seventh day—as a means to some other end. Was God really so tired that God had to rest a bit? Was God getting ready for the next day?
God’s rest is not the opposite of work. The rest God offers us (and models in creation) gives our work meaning, just as silence between musical notes gives music meaning. Rest is about balance, harmony, and order—a way of being that reminds me that I am not defined or measured by productivity and accomplishments.
What does it mean for you to rest? What place does rest have in your life?
MOVING FORWARD: Set aside ten minutes today for rest.
Today the Church remembers Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 394.