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Many of you are gone on vacation this month, and already we miss you!
Three summers ago I was in an accident, and I walked away from my totaled car with not much more than a cricked neck. Though I was kept from the worst, I had to hurry to the chiropractor to make sure that even the little things that got out of joint could heal right.
We've been talking about Sabbath in Student Ministry lately. Some day, as scripture promises, the total delight, rightness, and rest of God are all that our planet will know. But for now, life hits all of us hard. Sooner or later some intersection leaves a good plan totaled. Or the wear and tear of daily living jolts our bones little by little until we can feel out of sorts, unmoored, lacking purpose or delight.
But in the book of Hebrews, God promises that there is deep, soulful rest: a Sabbath center for those willing to say Yes to Him and No to fear. Yes, you can rest, but even 1,900 years pre-internet, the writer of Hebrews insists that if we want God's rest we must intentionally pursue it and defend it—sometimes fiercely—like the Israelites had to do with the promised land (Heb 4:1-11). And like the promised land, God's rest is our inheritance. Jesus won it. We can claim it!
What hit you hard this year? Don't ignore those sore places. Let God care for you!
Amber NoelAssociate Director of Student Ministry
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