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“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Augustine of Hippo
Recently a friend of mine shared how she has such a difficult time slowing down long enough to rest. She feels like she rarely sits still and when she does, she is either on her phone or tablet or reading a book. Her admission to this concern opened up a great conversation between the two of us about the need for rest.
I think the older I get, the more I understand the importance of true stillness. I’m a lot like my friend in some ways, but I’ve made a few changes since last fall when I began to understand how much I needed to develop a little more margin in my schedule.
One of the ways I’ve found to make more room for rest is to pray for it. (If you’ve been around here long, you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) Today I’m sharing A Prayer for Rest. If you’re one who has a hard time slowing down, then know that God can give you those moments of grace in order to take that necessary breather.
A Prayer for Rest
This world seems to move faster and faster
And I’m trying to keep up.
But God, in the whirlwind,
Instead, I get caught up.
Like an unbeatable force, it pulls me in
But I know eventually, I cannot win.
I must learn to rest in your perfect peace
And though good, let all endeavors cease.
Oh that my feet would mimic your pace.
So your joy would be set on my face.
Help me, Jesus, to slow down when you would.
Help me, Lord, to rest as I should.
Thank you for loving me just as I am;
Thank you that rest is part of your plan.
Have a terrific Tuesday!