Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Have you ever heard a lyric from a song, read a line from a poem or experienced a description in a book in such a way that time seems to stop and you enter into the words as if they were speaking to your essence?
Lovers have “their song” that draws them together and reminds them of the love they share. Men and women carry phrases, one liners, or proverbs in their minds to pull out when they need to feel encouraged or to encourage others. I have a friend who can pull up the lyrics to a song to fit almost any situation and they always add to our understanding.
Many Christians have a favorite scripture that speaks to their heart or a hymn that sends their spirits soaring or brings a lump to their throat.
Words have great power.
I am drawn to words of scripture that focus on life, light and love. “I put before you this day, blessing and curse, life and death; choose life” from Deuteronomy is one of my favorites. As the days start to get shorter, passages about light and how the light came into the world and the darkness has not been able to overcome it buoy my spirits as it grows darker earlier and earlier. And when I am feeling anything but lovable, the words from Jeremiah remind me that God has “loved me with an everlasting love.”
Sabbath is a day that is meant to be filled with words of life, light and love. Sabbath is a time when words have great power reminding us of God’s great love for us and our well-being. Candles are lit on Sabbath to signal its beginning and announce the time to rest has come into our lives.
This week focus your Sabbath moments around words that lift you up, that bring you life, remind you of how much God loves you and how that love lights your life. Light some candles, put on your favorite music or hymns, read some favorite passages either from the scripture or poetry and just savor the words as they whisper to you.
“shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life”