Over Christmas break, I was lazy. I didn’t do anything except watch B-level Christmas movies with my parents, work out a little, and read. It was nice … until it wasn’t.

I’d just gotten done with a really hectic month of hosting Christmas parties, coordinating schedules, and all the other things my job entails, and I thought a downshift into relaxation mode was exactly what I needed. But I got bored. Really fast.

It didn’t make sense. Isn’t a lazy week away from everything one of the highest forms of bliss imaginable? Soon enough, it was time to get back to regular life, and whatever small sense of being “rested” melted faster than Frosty the Snowman in Death Valley.

It was then that I began to wonder: what if resting is more than just not doing anything, more than just vegging out on the couch or scrolling through all the socials?

The Rush

Before we can talk about what rest really is, we need to address why we need it.

By Schuyler Kitchin

God’s people can meet God in the temple and in the wilderness, in spring and in winter. A gentle reminder for anyone struggling through this season.

By Hannah Keziah Agustin

Going to church on Sundays was no longer enough for Cade. He wanted to see the hope of Jesus proclaimed in the streets for all people to hear.

By Eva Liu Glick

I was operating unconsciously as if everybody shared my Christian knowledge and views. It was my wake-up call. I needed to invest in friendships with non-Christians again, and that would require intentional effort.

By Hannah Keziah Agustin

Fall Conference was where God prepared me for years of serving my campus. I knew that he was going to do the same for the eager students who showed up in 2023.

By Nathan Peterson

The question “Would Jesus eat frybread?” is really asking “Would Jesus be willing to step into the complicated story of Native people?” Does he care, does he see the pain, does he see the strength there?

By Drew Larson

To Jesus the shepherd, we have names. When he calls to us, he calls with a voice whose clearest frequencies are friendship and intimacy, and whose resonance is so full of goodness that when we hear it, we want to follow. 

By Christopher K. Lee

To prevent drifting, we must stay close to Jesus and his Church. We must abide in him and hold fast to community. We must take up our cross and follow daily.

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