About the Episode
“I don’t have time to get sick!” How many times have you said this phrase? As if there ever was a good time to get sick! But, moms always seem to be surprised by sickness and annoyed by it. This week, I was hit with sickness and found myself uttering the very words. I had to be reminded that this forced space of rest can be frustrating, but it can also reveal truth and bring healing– if we let God tend to us during this time. Join me today as I pray for the mom who is sick.
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You’re listening to episode 18 of the simply Sabbath podcast.
When we arrive at the end of the workweek, there is a beautiful opportunity to welcome the Sabbath and the rest it brings for ourselves and our family. And while it is a beautiful opportunity, it does not come by without intention. I see you and the work you do to usher in this day of rest. You make sure the home is clean, the meals are prepped, and the activities you’ll do together as a family planned. You work with purpose the other six days in anticipation of the seventh.
Before you begin your rhythm of Sabbath welcome, the next few minutes are for you. It is an acknowledgement of the good and loving work you are doing in the various roles you have the responsibility to steward throughout the week. It is a reminder that you are not alone in this desire to live counter culturally. And it is an encouragement to continue seeking to rest with Jesus. So stop what you’re doing. Close your eyes and listen to this, my prayer of blessing over you.
Sickness knocks us down, sometimes when we least expect it. And it reminds us of the fragility of this life. It reminds us of the limitations of our bodies the way we depend so intimately on our ability to move physically through our days. It reminds us that we are finite beings. And sometimes that doesn’t sit well with us.
It can be hard to accept the fact that we can’t do it all. Or the fact that hustle and hurry are boosters that will eventually explode our rocket ship.
We operate as if we have unlimited resources. And then we are surprised by the consequences that come from the fact that we do not.
Lord Jesus, meet the mom today who finds herself in that space of forced rest. Where both work and Sabbath have fallen away and she is left neither being productive nor enjoying her day off.
Tend gently to her soul as she tends gently to her body. Give her what she needs emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, as she feels depleted physically. Help her to find moments of rest and sleep so her body can fight against and recover from this attack.
Bring along support for her, for her family, and for her work as she is either operating at half capacity or not really at all.
And please heal her body quickly so she can return to the thing and the roles you have tasked her with, wiser and more aware of her need to care for herself in health as much as in sickness. Amen.
Go with peace into your day of rest. Shabbat shalom and Happy New Year!
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