October 27, 2017
Returning from a meeting out of town, I arrived home just in time to catch the late afternoon/early evening sky.
God’s beauty astounds!!!
We’re also called to serve God’s people. We may not see the results right away, but we serve faithfully anyway, and we trust that people who follow us will benefit from what we do. What seeds are you called to plant? Go ahead and plant them faithfully and know that with God, they will grow and prosper.”
According to a 2012 study by The Sentencing Project, a not-for-profit criminal justice research and advocacy organization, 1 in every 108 people in the United States is imprisoned.“The number one thing a Christian in here needs is encouragement,” wrote a friend in prison. “The walls, the rules, the chains, the isolation, the sensory deprivation and everything else are designed to break a human being down.”Next, we can support those in prison through prayer, he added.“Lastly,” he said, “is fellowship—like what we do,” referring to our letter-writing. “It makes me feel good knowing someone was thinking about me. It lifts me up.”How can we be encouragement, presence, hope for all those imprisoned?
I forgot that letting go of control, seeking time to rest, and setting aside responsibilities can often feel like fighting a rip current. Rest isn’t always an absence of movement; sometimes it’s giving yourself permission to seek what gives you life and joy and relaxing into whatever direction the current takes you. What challenges do you face when you try to rest?