Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I came across the term spiritual happy hour the other day and I love it! Never quite considered having a spiritual happy hour. We all know the concept behind happy hour – at 5 o’clock or after work you go to a bar, have a few half-priced drinks to unwind and go home feeling relaxed and ‘happy’.
But a spiritual happy hour? What is that? A time to read the Bible and have a cocktail? Me thinks not! When I think of a spiritual happy hour I think about times that make my spirit soar and that refresh me not just with feeling happy but filling me with joy.
In a secular happy hour we take an artificial stimulant to change our mood and allow us to forget our less than happy circumstances. In a spiritual happy hour we don’t need anything artificial to change our mood and we come to see that outside circumstances, happy or not, have nothing to do with being filled with joy. The joy of the spirit comes from the inside and from knowing to whom you belong.
So what are some of the things that make up a spiritual happy hour? Well, for many people prayer, meditation, Bible reading and devotional time provide what they need for a spiritual happy hour. For others though it could be a walk in a beautiful setting, or a piece of music that transports you in time and space, or a meal shared with dear friends or family, or a conversation of depth and meaning with the one you love.
In all of these examples something happens to you that takes out of the realm of the every day and connects to something bigger than you and your circumstances. You know that you are more than just speck of dust in the universe. You feel loved. You feel grateful. You feel a grace and peace flow through you that doesn’t come from work, money or success. You are changed in this hour and it shows.
When was the last time you took a spiritual happy hour? Well, as they say “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Let the happy hour begin.
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55.12