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GET SOME REST

“COME WITH ME TO A QUIET PLACE, AND GET SOME REST.” MARK 6:31


It's a frantic time of year.

If you can, find yourself somewhere quiet.

Sit down, just for five minutes.

Sit with Eddie Askew's thoughts.....



Lord, I’m tired.

Exhausted.

Sometimes I wonder how I find the strength.

So much to do, and so little time and energy.

And always one thing more,

nagging at the back of my mind like toothache.

Unwelcome, yet hard to ignore.


I buzz around, a frantic fly

battering the window-pane

until I fall exhausted to the sill.

All noise and movement, but so little done.


And in the effort to respond

to all the calls that others make

I find I’m losing touch with you.


The crowds get in between.

The more I do for you, the further off you seem.



A paradox, until I hear your voice,

not asking more of me

but telling me to find a breathing space,

a place to rest.

And in the quiet you are there.

No accusations,

and no suggestions that I could do more.


And as we sit together

I begin to realise that many of the demands I face

are self-imposed.

They’re mine.

Born out of ego and the guilt I feel when I can’t cope

comes from my pride, and not you.


When I’m faced with something

I just can’t find the energy to do,

give me the honesty to face the fact

that maybe

you’re not asking it of me.


Eddie Askew




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