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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: Gods grace
By Paul Alden
06/24/04

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If there is anything in this world that is worth talking about, it's got to be "rest". We plan for it, we strive for it, we dream about it, we write songs about it, we read books about how to attain it but it seems to be fleeting, even temporary as we "get back to reality" and the daily grind of our lives. It almost seems like a sin in todays world to want rest. We need to "keep our noses to the grindstone" and "stay focused on our goals" in order to achieve real success so where does it really fit in? Is it something that we do in between work? Is it something that we do before going to bed while reading a book? Is it sleeping? Is it something that we do on the way home from work like stopping at a bar to "relax" with our friends or some other type of "unwinding"? What is rest? Well, our Lord knows perfectly well what it is. In fact, it is the primary reason why He went to the cross, so that we could enter "His" rest. It's not relaxing on the couch or in your easychair, (although it does resemble that), it's understanding "our" standing before Almighty God. He doesn't want us to be anxious about our future. He wants us to truly understand that He is in ultimate control of our destiny and that of the world. He wants us to "rest" in Him and in His Love so that we can learn the art of being, thankful for what we have so that we can be...content, and isn't that what being rested is all about? There are plenty of things in this world to feel as though we must "escape from", but there are many blessings (especially in this country) as well. I think that if we all would take the time to count them, we would be consumed by them, and to me that is the cure for anxiety.


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Melanie Kerr 07/03/04
To "learn the art of being" is so important because it takes away the need to strive.