Just yesterday I attended Sunday Matins at Westminster Abbey in London. It was a majestic experience. There was a day when I was not very impressed with the pomp and circumstance of a liturgical procession, but as I considered how many Sundays this sanctuary has seen since 1065 I was in awe. And there was a profound state of rest. What a meaningful introduction to a series of encouraging notes to women navigating the precarious balance between life, leadership and faith.
A thousand years before the Abbey was built, the motivation behind these pillars of the earth, a guy named Jesus, sat down with his closest followers to give a sermon. Many know this section of scripture as the Beatitudes, but I’ve come to know as the Be-Attitudes of Leaders since I read these words using Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message. Jesus was having a chat with his tired and burned out team that I think Matthew captures even better a few chapters later:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me— watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Mathew 11:28-30)
Does that not sound like cool water on hot Texas day? We were made for freedom, how about we start living in it? Stick with me the next ten days.