Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Recently my six-year-old granddaughter has taken to carrying around a small New Testament. She told her mother that it was a really cool and funny book because there were so many jokes in it. Her mother said that she didn’t think there were jokes in the New Testament to which my granddaughter replied, “Oh, Mom, there must be at least one!”
Well, we may not think of the Bible as a joke book but, yes, my dear sweet granddaughter there are a couple of jokes in there. And one of them is the fourth commandment. It isn’t a joke to those of us who take it seriously but to the world it is a joke.
How funny and absurd is it to think of taking a 24 hour respite once a week? Pretty funny according to a world that laughs at such a suggestion and ignores its power and ability to help us see the world through brighter eyes as we lighten up when we set down our weekly and even daily burdens.
The laugh is on the world, though, because they are missing out on one of the best medicines in the world — rest and refreshment.
And when my granddaughter went to bed that night in her bedtime prayers she thanked God for the good day, the fun she had with Momma and her friends. She also asked God for a good day tomorrow and please to bless her family. Then she added, “Oh, and God, I hope you have a good day tomorrow too!”
Methinks this little six-year-old is a theologian in the making and has a deeply spiritual heart. She worries that the world might not be getting all the energy, joy and laughter out of the Bible and wants God to have a good day.
I think God looks down on her and smiles. God knows she understands that Sabbath is just the ticket for both.
Happy Sabbath keeping,