I like to keep Sundays as a quieter and simpler day. It doesn't always work out that way, but an ideal week for me includes a day where I can shrug off the cares of the business at hand, to take time to pause and reflect, to look inward and upward.
Peter Marshall, (1902 - 1949), a Scottish-born minister who became Chaplain of the US Senate, gave us a similar thought shaped in a prayer:
"In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live---time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to know each other."
I used to think the harried hurriedness of our society was just a malady of the 21st century, but after reading various books and accounts of people living in other decades and centuries, it seems each generation faces the temptation to 'live too fast'.
I've been learning that it takes deliberate planning to make space in my week to rest. But I'm also learning the value of taking that time, as Peter Marshall says, to become better acquainted with God, to relish the myriad blessings that have come my way, and to savour the friendships I share with family and friends.
I wish you a gentle rhythm of peace and rest today... may you have time to pause and enjoy!