Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rest Awhile

Thursday, March 15, 2012 -- Week of 3 Lent

Readings for the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, p. 955)
Psalms [83] or 42, 43 (morning)     //        85, 86 (evening)
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34      
1 Corinthians 9:1-15      
Mark 6:30-46

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I had a long drive yesterday and a meeting last night.  Pretty tired when I woke today.  In our gospel reading Jesus says, "Come away to a deserted place all by your selves and rest a while."  Sounds good.  But I've got obligations and can't rest today.  However, I think I will give up writing a reflection piece.  Except to say, I'll rest a little extra this morning while I can.

Jesus' plans for a little day off didn't work out too well.  It ended up that a crowd found him, and it was a busy day.  But a little past today's reading, he found a chance to go off by himself for a little mini-retreat.  (Mark 6:46)

We all need some balance.  Rest.  Work.  Prayer.  Recreation.  Retreat.  If not today, when?


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"Morning Reflections" is a brief thought about the scripture readings from the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer according to the practice found in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.

Morning Prayer begins on p. 80 of the Book of Common Prayer.
Evening Prayer begins on p. 117
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