Get Them Talking: Rest

United Methodist resource helps families talk about our need for rest. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.
United Methodist resource helps families talk about our need for rest. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking is a series of monthly resources to help families lead conversations about issues of faith during dinner, devotions, a drive or anytime .

Scripture

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28, Common English Bible

Reflection

Life can sometimes get super busy. We might have a lot of homework to do or a special project at work that requires extra time. We might get overwhelmed with rehearsals before the play opens or we might not want to end our time playing with friends.

But the truth is, rest is important. God designed human beings with a need for down time. It’s not just a good idea, it is necessary to help make us more ready when it is time to work or play again. And, Jesus tells us that if we come to him, he will give us rest.

Get them talking

  • Are you good at resting, or is it difficult for you? What makes it hard to rest?
  • Have you ever been so busy that you have not rested well? How diid that make things harder?
  • What is your favorite part about bedtime? What is your least favorite part?
  • What do you think Jesus means when he says, “I will give you rest”? 

Prayer

Dear God, teach us the importance of rest and how to enjoy times when we are not busy. Amen.

Activity

Find time each week (30 minutes? an hour?) for the whole family to rest together. No work. No screens. Just rest, talk and be together.

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This devotional was first posted on July 25, 2019.