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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 31, 2019

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THURSDAY, January 31

Mark 6:31 [Jesus] said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

Ministry is hard work. Most pastors and many lay church employees reserve one day a week as their day of rest. We call, text, or email anyway: Sorry to bother you on your day off…

In today’s gospel reading, the apostles gather around Jesus, full of stories to share and questions to ask about their experiences on their own in the mission field. When the general public crushes in, Jesus beats a retreat. He and the disciples need to spend time together resting and processing recent events.

How precious that time must have been for the weary apostles. What a blessing that Jesus offers himself to us in the same way! May you be blessed with this kind of holy, quiet, and reflective time with Jesus. And may you allow your pastor and the lay folks in your community the same blessing in their time of rest and reflection as well.

MOVING FORWARD: Take a day of rest next week.

PRAY for the Diocese of Machakos (Kenya)

Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 118 | Isaiah 49:13-23 | Galatians 3:1-14 | Mark 6:30-46



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