Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 3)

If you haven’t already done so, please read Monday’s post: Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 1), which was followed by part 2 yesterday. Tonight I’m posting the third and final part of my friend’s questionnaire, this segment dealing with the topic of formation, and how this applies to the concepts of rest and restlessness (or, rest-less-ness). Please, if you feel so inclined, post your thoughts, comments, or answers to these questions here.

Questions concerning Formation

  1. What do you hear, when Jesus says: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30)?
  2. What are we to learn from Jesus in order to rest?
  3. There is a growing awareness of burnout among ministers of the church, which seems to contradict Jesus’ affirmation about the easiness of his yoke and the lightness of his burden. What do you think about this seeming contradiction?
  4. How have people who can rest in God been formed in your tradition? (Please identify your tradition). What is Holy Leisure? Why is it important?

Words that Spoke to Your Heart

Please share passages from the Christian tradition which have spoken to your heart during your journey of “entering into God’s Sabbath Rest.” I do not intend to create an anthology of Christian writing on rest (not in this dissertation, at least! :-) ), but I would like to receive and ponder the “words of Peace” which you have come to cherish. When possible, please provide the name of the author and/or the name of the book.

Stay tuned… I’ll be posting my own answers to some or maybe even all of these questions over the next few days. But in the meantime, if you have any thoughts on one or some or all of these questions, please don’t be shy.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Rob Adams

    One of my favorite meditations on this topic is from Fr. Richard Rohr:

    Be still and know that I am God.
    Be still and know that I am.
    Be still and know.
    Be still.