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Archive for December, 2012

Sabbath Moment Christmas

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

I’m signing off until the New Year to enjoy time with family, friends and my faithful God. 

Thank you for reading these moments this year.  I hope they have brought you peace, refreshment and a connection to God in the midst of all your busy lives. 

Christians struggle to experience the full meaning of Sabbath as a day of celebration, special food, fun, conversation and holy time with God.  Christmas is one of those days where we can participate in a Sabbath in its true essence. 

So enjoy the Sabbath moments ahead of you.  Let them surprise you.  Savor them.  And may they wash over you with joy and peace.

“I bring you glad tidings of great joy that will be for all people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord.”  Luke 2.10-11

                  “And Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” Luke 2.19

Let the light shine in your hearts now and always,

Nancy

 

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Prayerful Sabbath Moments

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

My last blog focused on the light.  Today my heart yearns for the light to shine in the darkness that came over our country yesterday.   Never has the evil of the darkness come into focus as clearly as it did when those innocent lights were extinguished in that small Connecticut town. 

The original Advent time and Incarnation are long past but even though the light has come into the world, the darkness is still trying to overcome it. 

We must not let it.   

We stand on this side of the incarnation and the resurrection.  We have a choice…we can either stay in the deathly darkness or we can choose to enter into the life-giving light. 

Choose the light.

            Choose life.

                         Choose to be connected.

                                         Choose to be connected to God and to each other.

                                                                           Choose to shine.

                                                                                                   ALWAYS.

Taking regular Sabbath breaks keeps us in the light, keeps us connected and keeps us centered in life.    

Pray for the children, pray for the families, pray for the community, pray for peace, pray for the end of violence in all of its forms and pray for God’s guidance and encouragement to move forward so we can make a difference with the light of God.

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted”  Isaiah 61.1

Prayerfully yours,

Nancy

Light Your Sabbath Moments

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Advent and Hanukkah are upon us.  One, Advent, is about waiting for the light and the other, Hanukkah, is called the Festival of Lights.  Light is so precious.

For those of us who live in areas where the sun is not a frequent visitor, we know how important light is to our spirits and moods.   Seasonal Affective Disorder is called SAD for a very good reason.

Just preparing for the light can lift our spirits and many people light candles in Advent as a way to usher in the greater light of Jesus.    And the story of Hanukkah with the precious oil for the lights lasting eight days reminds us that light can bring surprises and blessings as we bask its warmth.  Light is something to celebrate.

The Sabbath was meant to be a light at the end of a week.  For six days the Jews worked and toiled through long days from dawn to dusk.  The light was there as they worked but it was not something they could afford to bask in for there was too much to be done.  But on the evening of the sixth day the candles were lit and basking in God’s gifts began.  The light of God was now the focus of the next 24 hours.  No work was to be done in order that the focus be uninterrupted.  In that light they celebrated God, each other and the fruit of the land.

For Christians, who moved the Sabbath to Sunday, the light of God is also the focus.  Many church services begin with the lighting of the candles ushering God’s light into the sanctuary.  And the services end with the taking of the light out into the world.

For your Sabbath moments this week focus on the light.   Light candles, spend time in the sunshine, or sit before a blazing fire and focus on the light as the light of God.  What does this light mean to you?  How has God enlightened your path, your life?  How are you bringing the light of God into the world?

Rest and celebrate in the power of the light.

And God said, “Let there be light and there was light. 

God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.”

Genesis 1.3-4

Shine on,

Nancy

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