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Pastoral Letter - 1st August, 2021

Greetings my dear sisters and brothers. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am delighted to draw your attention to the question of rest. Jesus says to His disciples, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while” (Mark 6: 31).

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we never see the need for taking time off for rest and relaxation. We just keep going without paying any attention for rest and renewal. The Word of God cautions that “Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young men will fall exhausted” (Isa. 40: 30), far less persons who are older.

What is Jesus intimating when He tells the disciples to “come away and rest for a while?” Jesus wants them to see the value of rest and relaxation. When Jesus finds time to take the Twelve away for some rest and training, He is exhausted to the point of falling asleep in a boat in a violent storm (Mark 4:35–41).

When the Twelve went on their own missions trip, they gained a better understanding of what Jesus would go through. As they returned from traveling around Galilee, Jesus asks them to come away from the crowds to discuss their experiences.

What are the benefits of rest and relaxation? They lead to the restoration your energy, repairing of your body, improvement of your focus, improvement of your mood, and an increase in your creativity.

When last did you take time off for rest and relaxation? If you have been putting this off for long time, take a break now? For you who normally take your annual vacation, if you have not done so as yet, do so now.

Come away to rest for a while.

God bless you wonderfully.

Yours In The Master’s Business,

Telford D. Matthew (Rev.)

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