Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Vacation.
The word fits perfectly as my family and I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow morning. We’ll be heading to a cottage my husband and I chose several months ago as we sought out our resting place for this year.
We return most years to the mountain region of New Hampshire as it is the place where we have made the fondest memories and truly found rest.
“This is what the Lords says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.”
(Jeremiah 6:16a, NLT)
There is a mystery which happens on vacation – the break from the daily routines brings the divine – a true rest, a restoration of my soul.
We have been planning for weeks now. It may sound silly but right down to the meals we will eat (the food shopping is done and boxed up), and the activities we hope to do each day (lots of swimming and fishing).
Vacation coming on the heels of Communion Sunday has struck deeply.
Communion, a sacred time of coming together to think of God, of His faithful provision every time He shows up.
I’ve been praying for days now for this vacation to be a time of remembering as well. Of getting back to thinking of the holiness of His hands which feeds our bodies every time we eat our meals. I’m asking Him to bring a new quality of living, breathing His life anew into each of us as we rest over the coming week.
I’m asking Him to prompt us deeply each time we gather to eat our meals together. May each meal be a symbol, much the same as the piece of pita bread and grape juice, drawing us back into His Presence in a deeper and more sacred way.
May this week be a time of slowing down and finding nourishment for our souls more than our bodies.
“freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.”