To think about...
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23
Family News
24 May 2019

No doubt you are beginning to look forward to your summer holidays. Just think about it - sun, sea and sand, time to relax and unwind, no deadlines to meet, no responsibilities to shoulder . . . ah, bliss!
We are fortunate to live at a time when workers are encouraged to take time off from work for the sake of their well-being. Most employees are given 4-6 weeks paid holiday each year, plus Bank Holidays. What a blessing that is, and a far cry from the day when the only time workers had off was on church Feast days - the original holy days.
This year, rather than go on holiday and forget God, we might use our time away to become even more aware of God's presence in our lives. And even if you are not going away you can still take little time off to focus on God. Here's how:

(1) Thank God for recreation. Whatever helps you relax and wind-down is a gift from God to be received with thankfulness and enjoyed to the full.
(2) Take extra time to sleep and adopt a slower pace. This is how you will recharge your batteries and be refreshed.
(3) Make space for the relationships that matter to you, especially your family and friends. Enjoy each other's company, talk and laugh together, enjoy unhurried meals.
(4) Notice God in the world around you. Let the beauty of God's creation fill your soul with wonder. Linger and look deeply at everything you see.
(5) Take a good book with you that will nourish your inner life; listen to music that will help you relax. Breathe deeply and walk slowly, there's no need to rush.

Psalm 23:2 comes to mind: ‘He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.'