2024 - Year of RestSo then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; -Hebrews 4:9
Welcome to 2024: The Year of Rest.
Time and time again God calls us into rest through scripture. We read stories of Jesus retreating into the hills, journeys being paused, and creation being celebrated with rest.
So what does it mean for God’s people to engage in rest?
Throughout 2024 we will explore this question, not just through sleep or vacation time, but through little moments each day that nourish and renew us.
Sent by the Crucified and Risen Jesus to
Make Disciples, Equip Leaders, Strengthen Parishes, and Nurture New Communities
for the Renewal of Northwestern Ohio and the World.
Bishop’s Year of Story Writings
A Time to Rest
In Hebrews 4, we read about the promise of God’s rest: “So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9). Most Bible scholars agree that Hebrews was written for Jewish folks who are now living as followers of Jesus, the Messiah. These early Christians are being pressured by the Jewish community to return to the old ways.
The author of Hebrews relooks at Jewish tradition, values, and Scripture through the lens of Jesus. Hebrews begins, “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2a).
Instead of our traditional daily Bible reading guide we invite you to engage in daily rest practices, using the seven types of active rest. By grounding these practices in a weekly Bible verse, we pray this guide will help you discover moments of rest and peace.