Matt 11.28-29 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Last night I had a dream. In the dream I was repairing someone’s bike, then the bike had to go through an MOT. No such thing exists for bikes, just cars and motorcycles. The bicycle failed on its brakes, so I had to fit new ones and give it back to its owner. I felt that the interpretation of the dream was that the person was not having proper ‘breaks’ and rest times in their lives and God was interested in setting these in place, so they developed new practices of rest and work.

When we reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic it is as if the whole world has had the brakes put on. Almost everyone has had to stop. There are many terrible parts to the outbreak with great loss of life and loss of income for workers BUT there have been many plus factors too. Families cycle together, walk together and play together.  Pollution across the world has dramatically reduced. People have slowed down and there is a lot less noise. I’m sure you can think of lots more.

Jesus encouraged us to come to him and rest so we can get restored. I have a question. What will change in your life as a result of this time? I now walk a good 2k every day and feel better for it. I have dramatically reduced my car travel. Each day Di and I take communion and pray for more people. I say hello to a lot more people and take more interest in my neighbour’s lives. I miss meeting with the church in the same building and love joining with others in worship. When we can start meeting again, I’m going to treasure these times and make the very most of them.

The brakes have definitely come on, and I feel better for it and also, closer to Jesus. As you reflect on these past weeks, are there things that are going to change in your life for the better?

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