Sunday, July 03, 2011

Slow Us Down

I like to keep Sundays as a quieter and simpler day. Although it doesn't always work out that way, 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, reflect.... to look inward and upward.

For a long time, I used to think the harried hurriedness of our society was just a malady of our fast-paced era, but after reading various accounts of people living in other times and centuries, it seems each generation faced, in its own way, the temptation to 'live too fast'.

I'm reminded of what author Gordon MacDonald, said in his book Ordering Your Private World: "If my private world is in order, it will be because I have chosen to press Sabbath peace into the rush and routine of my daily life in order to find the rest God prescribed for Himself and for all of humanity."

Peter Marshall, a Scottish-born minister who once served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, shared a similar thought fashioned 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."
Today I wish you a gentle rhythm of peace... and time to relish the many blessings that have come your way!
Best blessings,