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Salve tutti! (or hello everyone!)
Just thought I would try out my Italian on you. Jacqui and I return after our holiday to Sorrento, Italy fully refreshed and happy to be back with you all at Chalmers. Imagine my surprise when I realised I had to have this letter to Sheila, for the magazine, right away!
Following my time on holiday I thought that it would be good to talk about how important it is to take time to rest. Whether on holiday or at home. We know that it is important for our bodies to get a proper night’s rest. But if physical rest is important to our physical wellbeing, spiritual rest is even more important to our spiritual well-being.
Rest is important to our spiritual walk with the Lord. Rest is a necessity. It is a Biblical principle that all creatures must rest. I cannot help but think that if we all “rested in the Lord” we would be more focused on helping others because our outlook on life would be more “God-focused”, not “me” focused.
Our hopes and dreams would be rekindled because we would continually be reminded that our Creator is all-powerful. In Psalm 37 verse 7 it says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” I would encourage us all to do this. Jesus also encouraged rest.
The Bible says in Mark 6 verse 31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he (Jesus) said to them ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’”.
So my hope and prayer is that you all find physical and spiritual rest in the Lord. It will make all the difference. Have a great summer.
Your friend Mike
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