"And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation."
This week is a week of vacation for many families in our church. It's a chance to rest and renew without the busyness of school schedules. And it comes this year at a wonderful time, in the midst of this Easter celebration that we are a part of as a church family.
We are good at celebrating our work accomplishments, but sometimes we struggle as a culture with truly relishing the rest that God describes as good. We don't need to leave the Easter celebration behind. Just as the white paraments will adorn the sanctuary for weeks to come, we should not fail to extend the joy and the fulfillment of Easter morning beyond the one day.
Rest leads to reflection, and reflection leads to gratitude. We need to stop the regular patterns of busyness in order to give ourselves the opportunity and the time to be grateful. God knew this, which is why God gave us the gift of the holiness of a Sabbath rest. Let us rest and be grateful during this holy season.