Concerning Human Rest-Less-Ness

Here are my replies to my friend’s questionnaire: the second part, which deals with the topic of Human “Rest-less-ness.”What robs you of peace? What gets in the way of your resting? What makes you feel restless? What is it that we “lack” when we are “rest-less”? My own compulsions, probably more than anything else. My tendency to compulsive behavior not only keeps me busy (often with tasks that do not in themselves truly nurture my soul), but also introduces a sense of anxiety: if I don't do t … [Read more...]

Concerning Human Rest

Last week I posted a series of questions from a friend of mine who is writing her dissertation on the theology of rest and the role that rest plays in the life of Christian ministers. Now, for my answers to her first set of questions:What gives you rest? What do you find restful? When we say “beautiful,” we mean “full of beauty;” then, what are we “full of” when we are restful? What does it mean to call something restful? For me, rest is all about unstructured time. It's an opportunity to live … [Read more...]

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 FormationWhat do you hea … [Read more...]

Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 2)

If you haven't already done so, please read yesterday's post: Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 1).Tonight I'm posting the second part of my friend's questionnaire, this segment dealing with the topic of Human "Rest-less-ness." Please, if you feel so inclined, post your thoughts, comments, or answers to these questions here.Questions concerning Human Rest-less-nessWhat robs you of peace? What gets in the way of your resting? What makes you feel restless? What is it that we "lack" … [Read more...]

Rest, Restlessness, Rest-less-ness (part 1)

A friend of mine who is a doctoral candidate at Emory University's Candler School of Theology is conducting research on the question of rest and restlessness as areas of theological concern. She has developed a questionnaire which she is using to gather insights from a variety of persons on these topics, as part of her original research. Here's a bit of insight into her work, in her own words: I want to share with you the ways in which I understand and employ the word 'rest.' My understanding … [Read more...]


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