The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Jesus invites us: “Come to me, you who are weary, uptight, burdened, busy, and I will give you rest.”
Take a few moments to do the following letting-go exercise.
Sit comfortably in your chair, hands on lap, palms up.
Think of things that hinder your relationship with God:
-that keep you from praying
-that interfere with finding Sabbath time
-that disturb times of silence
-that hamper your concentration as you come to this moment
Pile all your joys, sorrows, anxieties, concerns, plans, pressures, and hopes in your hands like heaps of sand.
Now close your hands and clench your fists, as though you are holding all those things tightly. Hang on to them. Squeeze. Experience how tightly you hold on.
Hear Jesus’ invitation to let go: “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” Then gradually open your hands and let the concerns flow though your fingers.
Relax and simply be in the presence of God. Be conscious of breathing in and out. Remember how God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life and made him a living being. Remember how on that Easter evening, Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Breathe in the life-giving Breath of God: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Then breathe out
and say, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Be silent for a minute or more. Give thanks to God.
Catch Your Breath: God’s Invitation to Sabbath Rest
by Don Postema