The Parish of Burchetts Green

This month Rev Keith writes about

taking a break


All of these great minds divide their days clearly between work and rest,' the writer went on to say.  

The example of Jesus

During his ministry, Jesus was busier than most of us will ever be. The crowds were continually demanding from him. 'The whole city was at the door,' we read and Jesus healed many. But 'In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.' Jesus needed time away from the crowds; time to spend with his heavenly Father and, if he needed that time away, how much more will we? On their return from a mission to the surrounding towns Jesus says to his disciples, 'Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.' 'For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat,' St Luke reports.

'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest,' Jesus said. I hope that during the summer you will find time for rest, and within that time of rest you will find time to be still and to recognise God's presence with you.

May I wish you a restful and happy summer season,

'Bt the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.' So ends the old story of creation at the very beginning of the Bible. The need for rest, it tells us, is built into the very fabric of life itself. We neglect it at our peril.

Muchness and manyness

Modern society, driven as it is by the insatiable desire to succeed, to own, to consume and to exert influence, is dominated by muchness and manyness. 'Why is everyone so busy?' The Economist magazine asked in 2014, concluding that part of the problem is the perception that 'time is money' According to Scientific American magazine 'nomophopbia,' the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, is more or less normal. A study sponsored by the British Council showed that the pace of life across the world has increased by 10% since the 1990s.

We have a choice

Surfing the internet, I found a multiplicity of advice on how to deal with the seemingly relentless pressures of modern life...reading it all was exhausting! But underlying all that advice was the conviction that, despite what it often feels like, we do have a choice, 'Perfect the art of rest: how you can work less to get more done,' one headline insisted.’ I realised there arc very consistent patterns between people as different as Darwin, Charles Dickens, Picasso, Jean Paul Sartre and pulp fiction writers like Ray Bradbury and Stephen King in the way they organise their working life.