Today the focus is on rest. It can be easy to overlook just how important it is to rest. We live in a culture where rest is not always valued. We are expected to be productive. Rest can seem like a waste of time. We are expected to be available for work. Rest can take us away from work.
But Jesus was the primary example of rest. He often went away, sometimes at the height of his popularity. He called the disciples to go away with him. Rest. Pray. Get in touch again with the God who called them. Get to know again what really is important about themselves and others. For some, summer can be that time to re-create. We can take a vacation. Maybe we go on a retreat. But in all the busy activity of our lives, we can never become so busy that we lose sight of God and his place in our lives.