The words jumped off the page.

You begin to understand rest when your mind settles in your heart.

In the Jesus tradition, prayer can be a practice of simply being in the presence of God, allowing the mind to rest in the heart. This can help us begin to understand one aspect of Sabbath time: a period of repose, when the mind settles gently in the heart.

Wayne Muller, in Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, emphasis mine.

Muller had been making the point that even in the busyness of healing the sick, casting out demons, teaching the disciples, Jesus withdrew to lonely places and prayed. He even suggested that “to pray” meant in some cases “to come to rest.”

When Jesus prayed he was at rest, nourished by the healing spirit that saturates those still, quiet places.

Wayne Muller, Ibid.

I’ll never forget reading on Ann Voskamp’s blog a quote from Dennis Lennon: “What a heart knows by heart is what a heart really knows.”

Jesus knew that pulling away from the crowd, finding a lonely place, and talking to his Father was balm for his busy. His mind could settle and rest in what he knew.

What does your heart know by heart? Can it find rest there? ❤