Based on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, this week’s sermon title was “A Moment Please.” Jesus and the disciples have been run ragged healing and teaching all of the good stuff about God’s justice. Jesus invites the disciples to come away, to rest awhile, to be restored before offering more healing. This was the fifth, and last sermon in the sermon series Healing Hands.
This past week our extended family enjoyed a delightful time at a cottage in the lakes region near Ottawa, Canada. We were tucked away on a little peninsula, with access to our own sandy beach. While spending time with three grandchildren under the age of three doesn’t seem like a time for relaxation, it does offer much rejuvenation. I can understand why Matthew celebrates the spiritual makeup of children, “but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” Children are open in their expressions; they flat out like or dislike, but there is little guile in their motivations. There is much to appreciate about that in humanity.
Back to taking moments. Of course, my vacation was filled with many different qualities of moments. This led me to ponder and reflect on the quality of moments we might intentionally create for ourselves. These are a few reflective questions:
Where do you need to take a moment? Would it be in retreat to a quiet place, like Jesus and the disciples, as it was for me this week? Or, do you need to take a moment to call up an old friend, or one of your children, perhaps? Where would your life and someone else’s most benefit from you taking an intentional moment?
I invite you to ponder what quality of moment you could find rejuvenating or restorative, or healing.
And I close with Jeremiah 8:22:
Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
not been restored?
Be well. And be a blessing in all you do.