A Day of Rest

The Eucharist in the Lutheran Church.

It’s Thanksgiving morning. We celebrate at my congregation with a Divine Service on Wednesday evening, instead of on Thursday morning. This makes Thanksgiving morning relaxed and easy.

I decided to enjoy the cool temperatures this morning by taking a walk. A pot of coffee was brewing back home, awaiting my return. I had some “treat” creamer awaiting me too, purchased by my wife as a special surprise for this relaxing day.

As I walked, the thought occurred to me: This is what Sunday morning is like, weekly, for the majority of people. I can certainly empathize with the appeal. So while the thought of a calm, relaxed morning gave me great warmth, I was also chilled by the realization that a relaxed, at-home day of rest (often Sunday) means much more to many than being in the Father’s house.

What a tragedy of busy-ness we’ve made of our lives, that the high point of our week is time where we just get to hang around at home. And, to point the finger at the Church, have we made Sunday morning such a time of busy-ness, too, that the appeal of a relaxed Sunday morning is even too much for some of our brothers and sisters in Christ?

Do we really believe the words of our Lord: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”? It seems to me that we need to continue to emphasize to the world this key tenet of the worship of Christ – chiefly, that He bids us to come so He can serve us. Yet also to take a long, hard look at whether we are overworking the royal priesthood, and denying them the opportunity to be refreshed. What is truly more refreshing: receiving the gifts of eternal life, or the temporal enjoyment of some warm coffee, some nice music, and a few hours of peace from the hectic go-go-go of the modern world?

Or, perhaps, we need to preach, teach, and help our people understand, that it’s in fact a need for a proper balance of both?