Week 40 Monday

A Time Of Sounding Trumpets

Today’s scripture selection: Numbers 29-32

Key verse: Numbers 29:1

“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work; it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.”

God has no problem calling people to action.  This is proved over and over again.

But God also has no problem calling people to rest – to “holy convocation” – to a time to reflect and rest and be renewed.

The problem is often with the people who are called.

While laziness is certainly an issue for some; so is “work-a-holism”.  We can too easily be obsessed with doing more; being more; gaining more.  When what we need, more than anything, is a little spiritual rest.

We live in a society that highly values the answer “what can you do for me?”  And, if that answer isn’t satisfactory provided, people are often de-valued.

But we need to value one-another in another way – one that isn’t “production” oriented.

And we need to realize that it is part of God’s gracious plan, for all of us, that not just sometimes, in a rare moon, but often, we take time for spiritual rest and renewal.

So – sound the trumpets – declare one day soon a day of spiritual rest.

And give thanks to God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love and grace, which allows me to rest easy in your love and acceptance.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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