Dear Friends in Christ, 

Whatever our plans might be, there is something about the transition to summer that reminds us of the unique rhythm of the season. The days grow longer, the pace slows, and opportunities for rest and renewal abound. The change in tempo also offers us a precious gift, an invitation to rest in God’s presence. 

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn form me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, 

and you will find rest for your souls. 

(Matthew 11:28-29)

On the other hand, if we aren’t careful, saying yes to too many “summer” things can rob us of the very rest we seek. In Jesus’ words, we find a reminder and a balm for our weary spirits, reminding us that rest is not merely a human necessity but a divine promise.

This summer, between gatherings, gardens, and adventures, I encourage us to embrace the invitation to step back form our relentless routines and find rest in God’s creation. It might be though a quiet moment in prayer, a walk in nature, or quality time with loved ones, may we find ways that these moments can refresh and rejuvenate not only our bodies but also our souls. Never forget that true rest is found not just in ceasing from labour but in connecting deeply with the source of our very lives. 

The concept of Sabbath is found in the very beginning, at the time of Creation. It is a Devine rhythm that invites us to pause, reflect, and renew. On the seventh day God finished the work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3) This sacred rest is an invitation to trust in God’s provision and to recognize that our worth is not defined by our productivity but by our identity as God’s beloved children. 

This is a lesson I am still learning for myself.

As you plan your summer activities, I encourage you to intentionally carve out time for rest and renewal. Seek our practices that draw you closer to God and bring peace to your soul. It might be a dedicated time for daily devotions, a retreat, or simply embracing a slower pace of life and allowing God to restore your soul.

n your rest, may you find the space to listen to God’s voice, to discern His will, and to be strengthened for the journey ahead. Let this summer be a season of renewal where you are refreshed in body, mind, and spirit, ready to serve with renewed energy and joy.

May the peace of Christ dwell richly in your hearts as you find rest in His unchanging love.

— Rev. Bethany McCaffrey

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