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September 7, 2013

A positive minute: R is for rest

Genesis 2:2 “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The only grandpa I knew was a man who served in the 37th Division of the U. S. Army. He spent more than three years in the Pacific Islands during WWII for a total of 17 years in the military.

I once asked him why he didn’t finish out a full 20 years and he said, “Me and some of the others saw something coming along that would send all of us grunts back to the foxholes, and I had had enough of the war games.” Sure enough, Korea would soon be a conflict that would, once again, send our troops into hostile territory.

I thought the world of my grandpa; even though he was technically a step-grandpa, it really didn’t matter.

He was good to me, and I would sit for hours both listening to his stories and looking at the pictures he had brought back with him from the war zone. I also enjoyed looking at the Pictorial History of the 37th Division which is a large book. I have a copy of that book and enjoy looking through it from time to time.

I tell you all this to tell you that he had a liner he would sometimes use when telling someone his first name. He would say, “My name is Forrest and just remember the words ‘for rest’ cause that describes me; Forrest is for rest.”

It certainly stuck with me. Just as grandpa was “for rest,” each of us needs to learn the importance of rest and what it means. What is the meaning of rest? One dictionary says this: 1. Cessation of work, exertion, or activity.

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