Unforced Rhythms of Grace

The movement of this world is a constant melding of minds and relationships. It seems our lives are filled with new information and relentless communication--our devices serving as extensions of our thumbs, tap-tap-tapping away on the touch screen. When looking around, heads are down, earbuds are in and one might notice their emails rapidly filling their inbox as quickly as the N train riders on a Monday morning.

In the time it takes me to step on the N train at 9:00 am to when I get to work at 9:20 am, I typically have 15 emails. 15 emails that I had not already sorted through when I first woke up; 15 emails that I had not sorted as I was brushing my teeth; 15 emails that I had not sorted on my walk to the subway. 15 new “PLEASE RESPOND” emails before I get up the skyscraper, before I turn on my computer, before I have my tea.

Then there are the terrible days when I can barely file an email away quick enough before getting 2 more. It’s as if someone were mimicking my heartbeat and sending emails on every single beat, forced rhythms of work-work-work.

I’m not the only one. Lord knows I am far from the most focused and productive of us all, but I see it in myself and those around me. The constant pressure of high quality work production, ingenuity and need-to-impress attitude. In this city, people thrive on work-related success; they thrive on being the best. Thoughts of self-doubt flounder through minds… “Am I writing enough?” “Am I meeting the right people in my industry?” “Is this the right investment?” “Why is our RSVP count so low?”...

Stretched thin and limp from exhaustion, we all, at one time or another, have said enough. I’m done. I’m sick of the complaining. I need a vacation. I am quitting tomorrow.

In that moment of sheer weariness, when you are ready to scream at your boss because you are on the edge, is when Jesus says, “Come to Me.” When you are ready to press send on a passive aggressive email because frustrations have built so high in your heart, Jesus says “Come to Me.” And when you turn off your email notifications because you truly will cry if you see one more “REPLY NEEDED” subject line, Jesus says, “Come to Me.”

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

He offers us real and everlasting rest. Rest that will allow us to recover from our lives. He releases us from what distracts us from Him. He guides us through this life in order to experience the unforced rhythm of grace. So that we can live freely in Him.

When you are reaching your limit, embrace the moment and give pause to God. Go to Him, all who are weak and weary. Find solace in Him for there is far more to life than work. Meditate with Him for he makes job descriptions freeing instead of a burden. Go to Him for He promises to give you rest.

Submitted by Alexandra Bernath, Midtown Parish Member.


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