On the 10th Day of Christmas

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mark 1:35-59)

Observing the shabbath closing havdalah ritual...
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Jesus honored the Sabbath.  Despite Messianic powers, scripture indicates that Jesus needed to get away at times.  He took advantage of early morning hours to be alone with God.  We don’t really know what that was like, just that it annoyed people when they couldn’t find him.  And yet, we live in a 24/7 culture that expects McDonald’s to be open at 4AM.  It’s not like they have a more crucial task than the savior of all creation.

Of course, somethings need to be automatically reliable: ambulances, police, etc.  But even then, EMT, police officers, etc, are given adequate time off, adequate time to remember how to just be.  After all, the world got here without us and knows how to keep on.  Crucial to being in the flesh, for Jesus and for us, is remembering to take time to repair the soul by resting the body.

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