From the desk of Pastor Jan …..

At the end of the day, how are you doing? Do you feel tired? Drained? Or still perky, ready for the next best thing?

Three weeks ago, I went to San Diego, California for a 3-day college reunion. We have not seen each other for thirty-ish years! There were planned activities each day, one after the other. It was a lot of fun but tiresome.

At the end of the third day, we are all ready to go home, home. Pinky, one of my classmates drove me back to where I’m staying. She asked me if I still have the energy to see the sunset at Carlsbad? You would certainly know what my response was! After an hour’s drive, we arrived at Carlsbad Beach right at the time when the sun is setting.  Half of its beauty is already hidden from the horizon. Yet, we were still in awe of its grandeur. The sounds of the waves, the cool sea breeze and the presence of a long-time friend made that Sunset experience FUNtastic! Exhaustion gone. I was refreshed! At the end of that day, I felt wonderful! <!–split–>

In Matthew 11:28-30, our Lord Jesus Christ has this invitation:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

(The Message Translation)

We gave this open invitation from our Lord Jesus Christ that whenever we feel tired or worn out, especially after a long day, he will give us rest. I like this version stating, “Walk with me, keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” It brings me back to the Sunset at Carlsbad Beach.

At the end of each day, we can feel wonderful knowing Jesus Christ our Lord is walking on the beach with us as He renew our strength for the next day, to enjoy the Sunrise!