Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I just heard an interview on NPR that talked about the importance of a Sabbath – 24 full hours of Sabbath, that is. It seems that those cultures that take a 24 hour break that includes worship, fellowship and nature live longer than those cultures that just push through without a replenishing break.
We have known for a while that taking breaks is good for the body, mind and spirit but there is evidence that it also adds years to our lives.
Now here’s the caveat…it has to be done consistently. There is a cumulative effect of health benefits when it is done on a weekly basis. So we are on the right track by taking Sabbath Moment breaks throughout the day and week AND we need to be consistent. Furthermore, I would suggest that we need to be more intentional about making time for more than a moment here or there and begin to schedule in intentional downtime for hours at a time.
Are you up to the task? There is still time in this weekend to plug-in some significant time to rest and relax. Maybe instead of turning the day after Thanksgiving into a frenzied shopping day, it would serve us better if we changed Black Friday to Laid Back Friday. From what I hear about Black Friday crowds it may be a major way to add years to your life!
Get out that good book, light a candle and breathe deeply, engage in a positive and uplifting conversation, pray, meditate, take a long walk and enjoy some good food. Your body will thank you for it and so will your family. And as always, God’s command is meant to benefit us not punish us.
“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11.28
“You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day.” Exodus 20.9-10