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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

20- Types of rest

 

St-Takla.org Image: A Woman reading by a window, painting by Hammershoi Vilhelm, 1900-th, Oil on canvas, 45.1 x 49.5 cms (17 3/4 x 19 1/4 ins), Private collection. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوحة سيدة تقرأ بجوار نافذة، رسم الفنان هامرشوي فيلهيلم، سنة 1900 تقريبًا، زيت على قماش بمقاس 45,1×49,5 سم، مقتنيات خاصة.

St-Takla.org Image: A Woman reading by a window, painting by Hammershoi Vilhelm, 1900-th, Oil on canvas, 45.1 x 49.5 cms (17 3/4 x 19 1/4 ins), Private collection.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوحة سيدة تقرأ بجوار نافذة، رسم الفنان هامرشوي فيلهيلم، سنة 1900 تقريبًا، زيت على قماش بمقاس 45,1×49,5 سم، مقتنيات خاصة.

Rest is mentioned in the story of creation, in the beginning of the Holy Scriptures. It is said, "Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made" (Gen. 2:3).

The rest meant here is the rest after finishing or completing work. When a person completes what he is doing he feels comfort and rest.

The Lord God rested on the seventh day from His work as the Creator.

He rested on the Sunday of the Resurrection after He had completed His work of salvation and redeemed people from sin and death.

Another type of rest is that expected by the world, that is, the eternal rest.

No fatigue, illness or suffering shall be there during this rest which lasts forever, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. All causes of worry shall cease to exist.

Some other rest that precedes the eternal rest is that experienced by people after death. A person after death rests from the troubles of this world, from the disturbance and the burden of the body, and from the evil existing around him, as the Holy Bible says, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them" (Rev. 14:13).

That is why we say a departed person is in repose which means rest.

There are other kinds of rest while we are on earth. There is the physical rest, the rest of the mind, soul, heart and feelings as well as the rest of one's conscience. There is also psychological rest as well as spiritual rest. We shall deal with all this in detail, but let us begin with bodily rest.


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