Thus says the Lord: For the sake of your lives, take care that you do not bear a burden on the sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the sabbath or do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors. (Jeremiah 17:21-22)
Life today races by at such a brisk pace. Goals, deadlines, targets, to-do lists, and commitments fill our minds. Social media keeps us informed minute-by-minute of what the many people in our lives are doing, where they are, who they’re with, or what they had for dinner. Have we become “information data junkies”, hesitant to disengage from these connections? All of this data we carry in our mind are burdens and act as a barrier to space and time for God. Jeremiah tells us to not bear burdens, particularly on the Sabbath day, yet are we able to this? Our minds are so full of the minutiae of everyday life, it is difficult to be quiet and listen for God. When was the last time you emptied your mind, sat in silence and made time and space for God? Perhaps this is the challenge for you this Lenten journey.
Lord, please help me to quiet my mind and wait in silence for your presence. Amen.
Sari Frey - fiber artist, singer