“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
The Canada Labour Code provides for 3 types of breaks and a minimum rest period between work periods or shifts: 30-minute break, 8-hour rest period between shifts, Medical breaks and Nursing breaks. In Canada. You are entitled to any necessary breaks for medical reasons. These breaks are unpaid. When requested in writing, you must provide your employer with a certificate, issued by a health care practitioner. This certificate must state the duration and frequency of breaks required, as well as the start and end dates of the period in which breaks needed for medical reasons are to be taken.
Back in World War I, a number of organizations, like The Salvation Army and the Red Cross, ran rest stations just behind the front lines, where soldiers could come while on leave for a place to shower, sleep, eat and play games – as normal a place as possible in the midst of the war. It gave their bodies, souls and minds some rest in the midst of constant battle. All of us live lives that get exhausting, because of work pressures, family issues, financial challenges or poor health. We wish, sometimes, we had a place where we could find some rest, some respite from it all. In light of all of this, listen to this incredible promise Jesus gives us in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This is one of the most precious invitations in Scripture. Jesus tells us that in Him we will find a place of rest and renewal. His grace is always available; His strength is never depleted and His peace is always available and beyond understanding. Come to Jesus today.
These have been words from the heart.