Sometimes religion is accused of keeping people busy:
- Go to church.
- Attend the meeting.
- Volunteer for X, Y and Z.
- Give money.
- Go to Bible Study.
We are guilted into baking or signing up for some good cause. There is an almost constant barrage of urgent things that need to be taken care of, and in every case someone is depending on you. It can be exhausting. It can also cause us to miss the central point of religion, which is to connect us to God, to our deepest longings, and to our neighbor.
This past Sunday we were talking about “Peace” in our worship service. Where can you buy it? The fact is, peace is not for sale. Peace is something we receive as a gift as well as something we participate in creating. Do what you have to do to be at peace with God and yourself so that when you encounter your neighbor – in whatever form your “neighbor” appears before you – you can be at peace with them, too. When St. Paul encourages us to “never tire of doing what is good,” (II Thessalonians 3:13), he assumes we are living in such a way as to never get tired!
Rest. Be at peace … because there is lots of good waiting to be done – and doing good is more fun when you are rested!
A blessed Second Week of Advent to you!