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DAILY READINGS

Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, October 5:

Monday: Hebrews 3:1-19

Tuesday: Numbers 12:1-9 & Hebrews 3:5-6

Wednesday: Psalm 95:1-11 & Hebrews 3:7-11

Thursday: Numbers 14:20-29 & Hebrews 3:12-17

Friday: Psalm 106:19-26 & Hebrews 3:18-19

Saturday: Hebrews 3:1-19

EDITORIAL: “Enter That Rest”

Psychotherapist Linda Buzzell writes that in the last 150 years the human relationship with time has radically changed. Some say the problems started earlier, with the development of agriculture or writing, but it was really the Industrial Revolution -- the rise of the Machine -- that put humans in thrall to mechanical processes and machine time. And, the recent exponential speeding-up into Cybertime has accelerated the process still further. Industrial time was bad enough (Charlie Chaplin did a wonderful job of visualizing that "cog in the wheel" feeling in his film "Modern Times") but Cybertime can be dizzyingly discombobulating; and, that's how many modern people feel -- completely frazzled!

Ms. Buzzell goes on to write that time poverty is now a recognized psychological and social stressor. In a sped-up, highly complex society, there just isn't enough time for everything: our demanding jobs, our interlocking bureaucratic responsibilities (taxes, insurance, legal issues), our loved one, kids, our community (including the rest of nature), plus commuting and keeping up with traditional media and endless 24/7 online communications. Constantly rushing to keep up as we inevitably fall further behind, we find ourselves destroying not only our health but our very selves as well.

Dr. Gary Holloway writes that even a day or a week off from work doesn’t seem to help. Getting away by ourselves with absolutely no responsibilities doesn’t help either. What we feel is too deep to be addressed by a little time off or a short rest break. The deep-seated weariness that comes from fast-paced, hectic lifestyles is expressed very well by Paul Simon in his song, “American Tune”:

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken and many times confused,

Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken, and certainly misused.

Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right. I ‘m just weary to my bones.

Still, you don’t expect to be bright and bon vivant,

So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don’t know a soul who has not been battered,

I don’t have a friend who feels at ease,

I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered or driven to its knees …

But it’s all right, it’s all right, you can’t be forever blessed,

Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day,

And I’m trying to get some rest.

I cannot count the number of people with whom I’ve talked recently who said that they wished they had more time. The reasons were varied – work, projects, relaxation, etc. It really would be great to find a way to fit all we want to do into our lives. The bad news is that there doesn’t appear to be a way to add more hours to a day. That means we have to find some way to look at time differently.

The writer of Hebrews has an encouraging word for those who have time concerns, especially those who are time-weary. There is a promised rest from God which is unlike any other we have ever known. God, through Joshua, gave Israel rest from their enemies. But it was not the ultimate rest God has in store for us. “For if Joshua had given them rest, God would have not spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:8-9) Dr. Holloway writes that in the midst of the busyness of life, we are offered a rest that the world cannot understand through the very one who makes such a rest possible. Join us this coming Sunday as we talk more about “entering that rest.”