Day 1: R for Rest
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
While we are familiar with terms such as child care, home care, but how much attention do we give to soul care? Although we are encouraged on our journey of faith to travel with others, to be part of a church community, and to take to heart the advice given by the writer to the Hebrews, not to give up the habit of meeting together (Hebrews 10:24), it could be argued that we have sole-care for soul care! We have to avail ourselves of what is available to us through a variety of means to care for our souls.
There is a rich heritage going back centuries and centuries of wisdom and writings on the care of our souls and the activities we can engage in to promote our spiritual health. In our time there has been a resurgence of interest in this and writers such as Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, James Bryan Smith, John Ortberg, and Peter Scazzero have been publishing relevant material to encourage us and help us with soul care.
Remaining close to the Lord, pursuing the spiritual disciplines and making time for stillness, silence and solitude, all serve to equip us, to travel on, along the ancient paths, in our day and age.
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse to silently ponder on. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what God will show you through it.
PRAY Pray over the insights you gained from pondering on this verse and be thankful. Close with the Lord’s Prayer.
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from this verse in your journal.