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Sabbath: Rest That Restores Hope

An Axis Course On Advent and Your Family

Today is your day to pause, step out of the hurry, and rest in hope. If the idea of trying to intentionally pause wears you out, don’t worry—the point of this day is to do what’s restful. The focus of Sabbath is not about doing nothing, but about doing the right things with great intentionality.

Ironically, entering into rest actually requires conscious effort. So as you make time to relent, rest, remember, and restore, we also encourage you to spend some time talking with your family about what it would take to make this a regular rhythm in your life.

Again, for help on how to do this well, check out our Parent’s Guide to Sabbath & Rest.

We hope you got a lot out of this week. Next week, we’ll talk about joy and the forces that can keep us from experiencing it, and we hope you’ll join us there. For now, we’ll leave you with Matthew 11:28-30 from The Message paraphrase:

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.