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“I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” Psalm 55:8 It is cold outside. Snow is falling and the wind is blowing. But here in my apartment there is peace because the presence of the Lord is here. There is food in my cupboard, I have warm clothes to wear, and there is no need to go out in the storm. Our world is in turmoil. There are many things that could bring us fear. There are stories of mass shootings, viruses that are causing sickness and death, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and large forest fires. In some…

“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” Mark 5:28 Bent low with pain she pushed her way through the crowd. Somewhere beyond the dusty feet walked the Healer whom she had heard so much about. Careful not to brush against anyone else, she moved closer, aware that if anyone saw her, she would be rebuked. At last, she was near enough to reach out a trembling hand and carefully brush the hem of the garment He wore. Immediately He stopped walking and spoke, “Who touched me?” His disciples walking near Him laughed as…

“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11 God doesn’t just suggest or encourage rest, He commands us to rest (Exodus 20:8–11) and He led by example (Genesis 2:1–3; Exodus 20:11). Walter Brueggemann in his book, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now,” makes a great statement about God resting. He says, “Divine rest on the seventh day of creation has made clear (a) that YHWH is no a workaholic, (b) that YHWH is not…