Today our journey finds us winding down a dusty path between simple mud-brick homes. As we duck into the narrow entrance of one of these, we hear the clatter of a falling jug followed by a soft curse. After the bright sunlight, it takes our eyes a while to adjust to the dark interior, and so we hear the talking and laughter before we actually see the group of people reclining at a low table. From behind a wall a woman appears, the shards of a broken jug in her hands. As she leans down to speak to the rabbi, her eyes narrow accusingly on the single woman in the group. Continue reading
It is with some reluctance that I kick off my first blog. Living in such a fast-paced, noisy, over-stimulated world, every fibre of my body yearns for stillness. I want to unplug the computer and stifle the steady Facebook and Twitter feeds. I want to silence my cell-phone with its constant beeps—reminding, promising, demanding. To mute the television’s drone which alternates between mindless drivel and deplorable horror. I am ashamed to say that my worn-out mind can’t always distinguish between these two extremes.
I hesitate to add to this flood of information and thought. Yet, through these short impressions and reflections I hope to learn—and possibly impart—some lessons on how to live joyfully and fully in the midst of the turmoil called life.
The name of my blog is taken from Jesus’ words in Matthew 11 (and how surprising it is to me that people felt this same way almost two thousand years ago):
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (The Message)
And so for the next few months I come to walk with, work alongside and watch the Master, and to allow His unforced rhythms of grace to direct my journey. Are you tired and worn out too? Why don’t you come along for the journey.