Locate a space outside with peaceful and pleasant surroundings. Set up a hammock or comfortable chair.
Take in the warmth of the sun or the shade of the day with your senses. If you feel a breeze, allow it to caress your body and soothe your soul. …
Silently offer praises to Christ, giving thanks for the gift of rest and renewal.
Be still [for several minutes] and allow God to minister to you in whatever way God chooses.
—Gerrie L. Grimsley & Jane J. Young, Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings (Upper Room Books, 2008)
How often do you spend time outside simply resting? Join the conversation.
[Jesus said to his disciples] Come away by yourselves,
and we will go to a lonely place to get some rest.
—Mark 6:31 (NCV)
Prayer for the Week
Come now and feed
my body, soul;
come now, infuse
the hungry whole
—Jane J. Young
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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