“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” – Genesis 2:2-3

Many articles that I have read recently have to do with the effect of our cellphone on our daily lives. Researchers have collected data and the articles are a plenty. I was struck by two particular articles this week. One talked about how GPS systems are causing us alter the way our brain thinks. Turn by turn directions do not allow us to think about where we are going or how to get there. The article argued that by receiving turn by turn directions you are rewiring your brain to have spatial consequences.

Another article talked about how teens that use their phones at night and when they can’t sleep are seen to have higher rates of depression. I am not sure if the research has filtered over to adults but I bet the stats will be alarmingly similar.

All of this has me thinking about summer, rest, and connection. We are connected beings. We are hard-wired for connection. Cell phones have helped us connect in ways generations have not before. Yet, if our cellphones are our only connection tool then we still feel lacking and our brains and bodies are telling us so from what I can tell by the research mentioned above.

My hope is that for this summer we can find different ways to connect. Travel with friends. Spend a day at the pool with your classmates. Leave your phones behind and trust the awkward conversations that follow. Come to worship.

I cannot help but be reminded about how God created. On the seventh day God rested. It was holy. Connection had been made with the created order. How often do we rest and find connection in the same place? I believe it happens at church. Covenant is a place where we can rest and feel connected with God and with each other.

I hope the summer finds you resting on Sunday mornings in church. An hour out of your week to learn of a God that loves you despite all the rhetoric you hear during the week. An hour without your cellphone. An hour that just might change your brain, body, and life in good ways.

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