a prayer for rest
Pause. Just for a moment.
Grow still. Notice your breath. Let yourself become aware that God is here with you.
Begin to pray this prayer to God:
Inhale: "You are here."
Exhale: "I find rest."
Breathe this prayer, slow and steady, for seven cycles of breath.
Notice what changes in your body, mind, and spirit as you pray.
Read the words God spoke to the Israelites in the wilderness, from Exodus 33:
"And He said, 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'"
Consider the Israelites. What might the promise of rest meant to them?
How can you embody an attitude of rest today?
In your body? Mind? Heart?
Let your heart respond to Jesus. Use your own words or pray along with the poem below.
Lord of the Sabbath,
lead us in the gift of Your rest.
Help us set aside
our drive to accomplish.
Fill our quiet, empty hands
with the riches of Your stillness.
Help us know the humility
of not influencing or producing.
Help us revel in the grace
of a world we do not shape.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and we take our place in the order of things.
Fill our Sabbath rest with joy
and long, rambling conversations,
and silence and tea
and laughter and naps.
Teach us what it means
to be still
and know that You