Rule of Life: Rhythms of Rest

Rule of Life: Rhythms That Move Us Toward God and Others

Matt HammettJanuary 23, 2022Rule of Life Sermon Details  

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How are you feeling a few weeks into 2022? I know a lot of us are feeling pretty tired! I just spoke to my neighbors who were on a walk with their 6-month old son. These first-time parents responded with big smiles and joyful enthusiasm when I asked them how they were doing! "Great! Our son slept through the night for the first time!" they exclaimed as if they had just been released from prolonged captivity or maybe more accurately a long season of being sleep deprived. Many of us are not getting enough sleep! A few years ago the CDC came out with a report naming sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic. Insufficient sleep is linked to a variety of chronic diseases and conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. We have also heard warnings of the danger of driving while sleepy and increased accidents at work due to sleeplessness. Adequate sleep is important but even those of us who are getting enough sleep are still dealing with consistent restlessness. I often joke with Roxanne that I have the spiritual gift of sleep as often I am out as soon as my head hits my pillow. Yet, I still experience restlessness. The good news is God wants you and I to experience deep rest! That sounds good but how exactly? Some of you may think that is unrealistic given your season of life. Perhaps you are the parents of young children, or are caring for an aging parent, or have a demanding job requiring long hours or have multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Some of you may be full-time students who also have to work to pay the bills but wherever you are right now, God wants you to experience the deep rest that is found in Him!

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