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The Pause That Refreshes

For the Bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world
John 6:24-35

Sermon Topic Jesus Christ: power of

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:33


Before those big, industrial cranes came into use, iron and steel workers had to load enormously heavy girders onto railroad cars -- a bone-wearying labor. Frederick Taylor, an industrious executive who worked for a large steel mill in the 19th Century, decided to try an experiment. Every twelve minutes, a whistle was to be blown and the men were to rest for three minutes. They were to take these pauses without missing a single one. They would actually work less time now but, Taylor surmised, they probably would accomplish more work. He was right! The result was astonishing! The laborers boosted their productivity from twelve-and-one-half tons a day to forty-seven tons a day! Taylor's idea was the forerunner of today's coffee break.

Our lives become busy. Our lives become hectic. Our lives become complicated. Our lives become bogged down in anxiety. Like the steel mill laborers, we often are called upon to bear enormously heavy burdens. And these are the very times when we most need -- as the Coca Cola ads suggest -- "the pause that refreshes." In the Biblical language of today's Gospel Lesson, these are the very times when we most need to partake of the "Bread of God ... which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world" (Jn. 6:33).

We eat, we work, we shop, we run around, and we tire. We get physically weary. We get emotionally weary. We get spiritually weary. And we wonder why our life seems to be going full speed ahead to nowhere -- aimlessly, pointlessly, recklessly.

I got up early one morning,
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish,
I didn't have time to pray.

Troubles just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task.
Why doesn't God help me? I wondered,
He answered, "You didn't ask."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on grey and bleak.
I called on the Lord for the reason.
He said, "You didn't seek."

The anonymous poet then wrote a little epilogue:

I woke up early one morning,
And paused before [...]

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