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I’m becoming more forgetful.

I don’t like to admit this about myself.

But, it’s true.

There are times when my husband requests something of me, and alas, I forget. Completely.

There are situations in which I attempt to recall an important event, and I can’t bring it to mind. At all.

There are moments when I want to say the name of someone, and their name-that-should-be-on-the-tip-of-my-tongue, escapes me. I should know it. I should recall it.  I can’t.

It’s frustrating.

The person, place, thing, suggestion, request, and reminder are all there in the recesses of my mind, but incredibly they’re just beyond my reach – until later. Hours or sometimes days after the point in time when I needed that name or event, the person, place or thing that I desired, materializes – just like that! And I’m grateful to have remembered, but frustrated that it took me so long!

Age-related forgetfulness is one thing. But, I believe it is human nature to forget or become so distracted with life’s cares and concerns that we fail to recall and live into the exhortative words that are most intended for our benefit and good.

A good, no-nonsense word of instruction, an encouraging precept, or deep, thought-provoking insight are worth being repeated.

We often disregard, discount or forget what we most need in life, because we are just too busy to remember.

We frenetically speed from one appointment to the next, from one opportunity to another, and complete one task only to start one more. Too often. In our haste to keep doing this, that, or the other thing, we forge an identity that is valued and appreciated by how many things we are able to get done. We stretch and stretch and stretch our capacity for work and accomplishment. Yet, we fail to recognize that our bodies can only do so much for so long. Like remembering.

Like remembering that we need rest.

We know it.

We’ve heard this exhortation countless times.

Yet, how successful are we at taking time to rest, recover, rejuvenate and refresh?

Is there any space in our lives for taking a pause or break – especially when the world urges us to take on more and more responsibility?

In Scripture, we discover that the Lord has plenty of words for us regarding this issue.His command is clear. The Lord wants us to embrace the spiritual advantage of rest. Our hard-working bodies, our thoughtful minds, and our peace-loving souls are desperate for it.

Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

New International Version, Deuteronomy 5:15

Just as the slaves of Egypt endured day after day after day, month after month after month, and year after year after year without peace, without freedom, and without rest, we have potential to be just as harnessed and just as enslaved by our own work and activity.

Yet, soul-reviving peace is found only in the space of rest and reflection. Especially during this Holy Week, we need time and space to consider and appreciate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the mighty hand of God and the outstretched arms of Christ, we were offered the miraculous gifts of life, salvation, mercy and grace. The peace of Christ is a manifestation and memorial of the Divine.

Why would we forget or disregard these gifts of Christ?

We need to do more than just catch our breath this week.

We need time to remember the blessings of Christ during this Holy Remembrance time. His joy, His grace, His mercy, His love, His protection, His care, His patience, and His peace are called to mind as we reflect upon His transformative work in not only our lives, but in the lives of all who call Him Savior and Lord.

In Christ, we experience His health and wholeness, His breath-taking freedom, His magnificent strength, and His enduring love as we take time to rest, reflect, rejuvenate and refresh. This is the gift and blessing of the Sabbath Day and the gift we can embrace throughout this entire Holy Week as we remember Jesus Christ.

I confess that I want to remember and embrace this wellness found in the space of the rest and peace of Christ.

Do you?

Here is my encouragement:

Set aside your electronic devices, your work, your activities, and anything else that serves as a  distraction.

Stop and breathe.

Inhale His glorious presence.

Experience His soul-reviving peace.

Take hold of His all encompassing joy.

Embrace His sweet and tender love.

Reflect upon all of the gifts you have in life.

Be grateful.

And then…rest.

Rest.

Rest.

Rest.

And then, make this a weekly priority.

Will you?

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