After a particularly difficult week, I received an email from a colleague, “It sounds like you have had some serious stress lately. I will pray for you. Take care of yourself, okay?”
He was right. In the past year, I’ve reached a score of more than 500 on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale, and that’s not even counting Christmas and the family vacation we took back in July. (I get an additional 25 points for those two events alone.) Stress at these levels has been proven to cause not only emotional difficulty, but physical harm as well.
How we respond to this kind of life-altering havoc has been the theme of some of the stories we have been telling here at The High Calling on Thursday mornings in August.
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On Thursday mornings in August, we at the High Calling have been exploring rest, what it means to quiet our minds, our bodies, our spirits. Whether we set a side a full day’s Sabbath or just a moment of silence, our homes, workplaces, communities, and churches all benefit when we take time to stop. Follow the link above to read a summary of the posts. Want to spend more time thinking about rest? Consider inviting a coworker or friend to read these articles with you, and spend some time discussing them together. Print out a PDF version of “The High Calling of Rest” with a list of links, resources, and questions to help you.
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