This month is back to school and many, many other things. This month we’ll celebrate Labor Day (5th), Patriot Day (also known as 9/11), Rally Sunday, and the Congregational Birthday Party and potluck. Also, Bible Study on Friday mornings resumes. We’ll see the first day of fall (9/22) and I will have continuing education at Lutheran Lakeside Camp (9/25-27). That is a great deal of activity when compared to the summer.
This month of September begins with a slow-down, a pause and picks up speed as though we are rolling downhill. I suspect it is because we have entered the “BER” months – months that end in -BER. Once we are here, we know that the calendar can be a steady stream of things. We know that stores have already started putting out Halloween things right next to the “back to school” items. The days and
months can become a blur until the end of the year.
Let’s back up a bit and begin with the slow down at the beginning. Labor Day is a pause from one’s labors. It was started to “recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being” (U.S. Department of Labor). But even on that day, work continues for those working at Casey’s, or those working in fast food, or those working in hospitals. That’s just to name a few.
Certainly, we have another source, a higher source that encourages us to slow down and rest. In Deuteronomy, we hear the Lord proclaim the sabbath (Deut 5:15). In many of the Psalms, we see the theme of rest. Psalm 62, for example, says,
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
No matter how fast the calendar seems to pick up speed, I pray you find rest this month. God alone is the best source of rest and a wonderful refuge. May you seek God in this -BER and beyond.