Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 2, 2016

April 2, 2016 “Sweet Sleep”

“The sleep of a laboring man is sweet”. (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

Good Morning everyone! “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it”!

Happy Saturday everyone! For many people I know, Saturday is not really a day off at the end of the work week, but a day to do work around the house. Those necessary chores left undone during the week beckon. Mowing the lawn…doing the laundry…washing the car…household repair work…any or all of these things may need our attention on such a day. Engaging in work can be tedious, but it is not without its rewards either.

Our Lord recognized this from an early age. On a trip to Jerusalem with his parents at the age of twelve, Jesus became separated from his parents. As it was the season of Passover, tens of thousands of people were streaming into the city. His frantic parents searched high and low for their “lost” son. For three days they searched for him. Finally, they found him in the temple questioning the doctors of the law on matters of theology. The relieved parents, Joseph and Mary, asked him why he would do such a thing because it had them so worried. He responded, “Didn’t you know I would be about my Father’s business”? Even then, Jesus was laboring…preparing himself for the great task of his earthly ministry…a task from which he never wavered. This is not to say that Jesus never rested. On one occasion, Jesus and his disciples were on a boat when a storm arose at sea. The disciples were terrified. Meanwhile, Jesus was sleeping through it all. After being awakened by his terrified friends, Jesus calmly arose and declared “Peace. Be still”. The storm abated and Jesus went back to sleep. “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet.”

Diligence in our labors is an admirable trait, and the effort for work diligently pursued is worth the reward. But we must also remember the value and the necessity of rest. God set the example for us on the seventh day of creation.  A Catholic priest named Dick Sheppard once made this observation regarding the Lord. He said,

“I can more easily see our Lord sweeping the streets of London, than issuing edicts from its cathedral”.

I agree. Jesus never wavered from being about his Father’s business, and when it was time to rest, he rested. Let’s strive to follow his example in pour daily lives. Let us labor on. Let’s pray!

May we work with joyous dedication, O Lord, and thank you for every opportunity to do so, that we might sleep swee

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