Lindisfarne, off the Northumbrian Coast, is an island when the tide comes in, and connected to the mainland when the tide is out. When Saint Aidan (feast day 31 August) established his base there for the mission to the North of England, he was recognising that we often need to be connected to the world, but sometimes apart from it.
In the holiday season, we look for a break from our work and daily routine. We ask that God will bless us with a time when the tide comes in and the normal traffic with the world can stop, and we can find some rest, peace and refreshment.
This prayer is based on a prayer from the night office of Compline, and refers to Matthew 11:28-30.
So we pray:
Lord Jesus Christ,
meek and humble of heart,
you offer to those who follow you
a yoke that is good to bear,
a burden that is light.
Accept, we beg you, our prayer and work,
and grant us the rest we need
that we may be ever more willing to serve you,
who live and reign for ever and ever.
Team Priest, Forest and Avon Team
Assistant Rural Dean, Alderbury Deanery
This prayer is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000