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The other day I was walking through the community park. We are blessed in Zelienople with such a beautiful and well maintained park. As I was hiking up the hill, I was reminded of Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful up-
on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news, who  an
nounces salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns.’”

After much waiting, summer has finally arrived. It has been a long winter. Now our hearts and minds can finally turn towards summer dreams. Summer is a time that many of us reconnect with nature, family, and friends. It is a time to relax, enjoy a welldeserved rest from our labors, and connect with the blessings of God. It is a time of Sabbath.

This was Gods plan in Creation, that we might enjoy Godly rest. We were to work six days and on the
seventh to rest and enjoy the fruits of our labor and Gods labor. Unfortunately, in our frenetic lives, we
have pushed our rest to a few weeks out of the year where we pack up the car, RV, or camper
and head out
for a family adventure.

Many of us have forgotten how important rest is for our emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. We
often feel drained these days. People report that since the pandemic they feel more anxious and fearful. We
often dont feel that we have enough hours in the day to get everything done. Between work, kids, grand-
kids, todo lists, emails, bills, and the other numerous items vying for our time and attention, it is no wonder
that we often feel overwhelmed.

It is time like these that we need to hear the words of Isaiah. We need to remember that God is
continu
ally calling us to peace, good news, and salvation. We need to be reminded that
Our God reigns.

Summer and vacations are a reminder of what we are missing out upon in our busy lives. And, God offers
this peace to us every day, not only during the summer or on vacations. It just happens that it is during
vaca
tions that we take the time to stop and notice it, but by that time, we are running on empty.

The good news is that we can change. We can choose to listen to Gods call to regular Sabbath rest. We
can be renewed and filled. And it isnt really that hard. It just requires us to stop. Begin by taking one mi-
nute during the beginning of your day to stop and give thanks to God for one or two blessings in your life and
then end with the Lords Prayer. Beginning this practice will nudge you back in a right rhythm with God. It
wont solve all of your problems, but it will help you at least know that God is with you along your journey.
After a while, I bet that you will find that you will hunger for these times with God. They become a moment
of peace in the midst of a cacophony of voices.

I pray that you will have a joyful and restful summer and I pray that you will be blessed with Gods peace
and tranquility from your many labors. You all are definitely a blessing in my life and for you I give thanks.

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Jo
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