“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he [Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).

So, where is your place of rest? I know for some it is the beach. For others, the woods. And for still others, it is out on a boat in the middle of the lake. For me? I’m sort of partial to our back deck, and especially in the summer. In 2010, when I reroofed the house, I added a covered deck. Here is my quiet place, where I can read Scripture, pray my daily morning prayers, drink coffee, hang out my running clothes to dry, swing on the porch swing, and look out at Rachel’s beautiful flowers. Here is a place where I can experience rest and renewal. Please drop me a line and tell about your place of rest.

(Looking north from the deck)