It is 12: 45 AM.The reason I am awake is had a poor man’s dream. In my dream I was totally exhausted in my parent’s home as a grown man. I was totally exhausted and needing a place to rest. I was an adult and my parents were adult and were about my same age. I finally got a place to rest but I could not protect it. there were dogs and children that I could not keep out, My parents were heaping guilt on me and threatening to throw me out, I had no job.
One aspect of the poverty that is characteristics of the physical poverty with which Jesus lived his life was he had no place to rest. “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
I have been thinking with my wonderful friend Linda Moll Douglas about my human need to find rest and in general learning to respect myself and honor God’s creation of me by taking care of my human needs.
I was not raised to take care of myself, I was raised to put everybody’s needs before my own. I am exhausted because of two weeks of service I gave to my Sister Evelyn who is lost in her dementia. I am determined to accept the rest that Jesus referred to when he said “Come unto me all ye that labor and I will give you rest