Sabbath Rest

Bishop Trevor tells me the retreats he’s been leading for 20 years for burned-out pastors—and others serving to the best of their ability and coming up short—have this in common: no regular day off, no Sabbath rest

After as many years observing a kind of Sabbath Rest, here’s what I know they are missing and wish they had:

a guilt-free, trouble-free day to rest without having to offer anyone an explanation, book a vacation or plan a retreat—to be giddy

a day to slouch the weight of the world off—to experience weightlessness

a day away from demanding congregants and stakeholders—to be approved for who they were, apart from their performance

a day to say out loud, “I have all I need.”—to sense abundance

a day to follow in the footsteps of the faithful—to signal spiritual solidarity

a day of wonder—to loosen the hold of cynicism, blame and regret

a day without choices, commitments and opportunities—to know the relief of failure

a day of completion, celebration and simplicity—to abide in the revelation of Creation

a day set aside for God—to be set aside for God, who is no one’s debtor

a day to redeem the time—to participate in eternity

a day to let in the Light—to be holy

a day open to anyone, anywhere—to rest