Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Hurry Up & Rest

Honor the Sabbath
and keep it Holy.

This past weekend as Victoria, Griffin and I sat in traffic (see post below), we were often alongside the three 250-horsepower motors dangling off the back of "The Exterminator." I thought of my great-grandmother, "Mama Logue," who fished with a cane pole in the cow pond of her Edgefield County, South Carolina farm. There is such a radical difference between the way she fished and menacing lines of the high performance fishing boat we saw making its way down I-95.

Now I often known enough to know what I don't know (don't try that five times fast) and in this case I know I don't know anything about the world of professional tournament fishing. The Exterminator is a fishing boat sponsored by a pest control company and in its world of tournament fishing, the 750 horses pushing the boat may not only common, but needed. And yet I couldn't escape the fact that we drove more than 17 hours to spend Friday evening and all day Saturday hanging out with old friends. And we have also vacationed so hard that we came home needing a vacation from our vacation.

In the archives is the sermon Come Away and Rest which notes,

Working more is not better and workaholics cost an estimated $150 billion per year through health-related problems. This is not a problem in our nation alone. In Japan they have coined a term Karoshi, meaning death from overwork. The 60-70 hour work weeks in Japan cause 10,000 workers a year to die on the job from Karoshi. Overwork is also listed by an association of matrimonial lawyers as one of the top four causes of divorce.

Being a workaholic was a capital crime in ancient Israel as those who broke the sabbath were to be punished by death (that'll put the brakes on a lot of folks who say they don't want to interpret the Bible, but just live what it says). There weren't loopholes either. The day of rest was for you and your servants and the alien living in the land.

God knows we need rest and not just the exhausting kind of recreation. Rather we crave the re-creation that comes from letter your body idle and your mind wander. So our bodies need us to balance the get-to-the-fish-faster sort of recreation exemplified by The Exterminator, with some real down time.

Pat Gohman sent out the prayer below as the header on this week's list of prayer requests for the Diocese of Georgia:

Thank you, gracious God, for all that fills our lives with joy: the love of family and friends, the comfort of our homes, the challenge of work, and the delight of leisure. Forgive us for too often we have taken all these for granted, failing to see them as your gifts. Stretch our understanding, that we may know our lives in the perspective of your sovereign authority. Teach us to live in the world with faithfulness to your intention for the world, and to be at home wherever your spirit leads us, through Jesus Christ your faithful witness. Amen.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor King of Peace Episcopal Church

Honor the Sabbath
and keep it wholely.


  • At 10/17/2006 4:09 PM, Anonymous Kay G. said…

    My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Thomas Merton - Thoughts In Solitude

    I visited the monastery here in Conyers this past weekend (it is only a few miles from where I live) and this was inserted inside the bag when I purchased one of their fruitcakes. When I read your post here about hurry up & rest, I wanted to share it with your readers. By the way, when I feel things are getting too hectic, I always feel so lucky to be able to visit the monastery, it is such a peaceful place.

  • At 10/18/2006 9:09 AM, Anonymous Debbie said…

    I sometimes think about what a contrast Sunday afternoons are now compared to when I was a kid. We would come home after church and have lunch, often prepared the night before, and the afternoon would be spent in quiet activities. Mom and I would watch an old movie on TV, and Daddy would take a nap and then review his notes and make final preparations for the Sunday night service. Mom and I would review our lesson books for Church Training. There was no yard work done, or shopping done. There was no theater here then so there were no Sunday matinees. All the homework had to be finished before Sunday.

    Actually preparations for the Lord's Day began on Saturday. We had Sunday school lessons to study, and prepare for Sunday lunch so that there wouldn't be so much to do on Sunday. Mom was usually the church secretary, so there were bulletins to be printed and folded. Being the church pianist from age 12 on, I also had my own preparations for Sunday worship, so part of the afternoon was also spent in practice and readying the music for the choir.

    There was a lot of preparation time spent, but it allowed us to celebrate the Lord's Day with a minimum of worldly intrusion and to enjoy a day of rest. How many times do we now goof around on Saturday and turn Sunday afternoon into a rush to get all the stuff done before Monday? Too many, I fear. How many times has the Lord's Day turned into the "Lord's hour" and only become a hiccup in our lives?

  • At 10/18/2006 1:53 PM, Blogger Robin D. said…

    GOOD GRIEF! The death penalty for overworking. Some things never change.

  • At 10/19/2006 8:45 AM, Anonymous Kenny said…

    Good point, DRay. Seems to me sometimes God will get His Sabbath rest one way or the other. Kind of like when the Israelites, who'd been ignoring the Sabbath, were taken into captivity. We do have to take time off to rest and reflect on the goodness of God.

  • At 10/21/2006 2:11 PM, Anonymous Peggy Hughes said…

    your comments are well received. It would be in everyone's best interest to heed the commandment to Remember the Sabbath and to Keep it Holy. Our Lord is a Holy God. We show our Father how much we love Him by keeping His commands.
    Deb, you are and always have been a precious daughter. I am glad you are teaching the things we taught you to our children. 3rd John 4 says I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
    It is my desire, Lord, to show You and the World that I love you and your creation.


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