Letter from the Pastor:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew
Recently, I had the pleasure of reading a book that brought this great truth in Matthew 11
spoken by Jesus to my attention once again. In our fast-paced, modern world, rest can
be very hard to come by. One of the things that I hear (and probably say) most often as
an answer to the question: “How are you doing?” is “Fine, just busy” or “Fine, just tired.” Oh, how we long for rest in the midst of a stressful, hard, information-packed, anxietyriddled, caffeine-powered world. That is probably what makes this promise from Jesus so
intriguing to me. “Rest.” What is that like? Whether it is because of the busyness of our
life and world or because of our inner turmoil, many of us live our lives overtired, overworked, and stressed out. What could Jesus possibly offer us to give us rest in the
midst of our restlessness?
John Mark Comer, who wrote the book (The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry) to which I am
referencing, tells of a conversation between two great Christian men about how to
become more like Jesus. The answer: “You must ruthlessly eliminate worry from your life.” He continues: “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly
eliminate hurry from your life.” That is exactly what Jesus did in his life and it is how the
Way of Jesus will allow us to finally find the rest that we so desire. This fall during Sunday
Worship, we will be exploring how to become more like Jesus specifically by “eliminating
hurry” from our life in a new sermon series entitled Why the Rush? starting September 18. Don’t miss out!