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Down Time Needed

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

For the next two weeks we will be living out of suitcases suitcaseas we begin our transition from Georgia back to New York.  Having moved out of our Woodstock apartment on Saturday we are now staying with my daughter for a week.  Then the week before we hit the road heading north we will be house sitting for some friends here in Woodstock. 

As grateful as I am for these accommodations and I am very grateful, it can be hard for me to be out of my own space and normal routine.  And this morning I found myself craving some alone time to just catch up on some routine things and then just be.  

Maybe that is why God was so adamant about a Sabbath rest.  No matter where the Hebrews were – wandering in the desert, living in the Promised Land, or in exile – they were to take a Sabbath rest.  They were to stop what they had been doing all week and catch their breath, reconnect with each other, God and their inner essence.  It was downtime with a purpose and the purpose was to restore a right rhythm to life in order to face the next week. 

Oconee Station FallsThis downtime reminded them to whom they belonged and with whom they walked.  It reminded them of how beautiful and bountiful creation was.  It reminded them that the body needs rest in order to be busy.  It reminded them of how sweet life can be when you are being refreshed by friends, family and faith.  It reminded them of how much God loved them.

So I took my downtime Sabbath rest this morning.  I remembered and it was good.  My equilibrium has been restored and my priorities are back in their proper perspective. 

How about you?  Do you need some downtime? 

“Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.”  Psalm 119:164






Sabbath Moments and Christmas

merry-christmas-4Dear Sabbath Seekers,

This will be my last post until the New Year. 

I am going to take an extended Sabbath to be totally present during Christmas to God, my family and friends.  After a year of practicing Sabbath Moments, I am ready to take it to the max!  It’s been a very busy year and especially the last 3 months.  Whenever I get busy due to circumstances, scheduling glitches, or life, I find I cannot be as fully present with the things and people who matter the most to me.  It’s just the way I’m wired.  That’s why taking Sabbath Moments is a good practice for me to stop and be present at least for a little while.

Now I am ready to extend that to a two-week period. 

Taking time to recoup, to sit quietly with God, to share intimate time with family and friends is a blessing I/we often ignore or refuse to take full advantage of.  Many of us feel we need permission to stop being busy or get sick so we don’t need permission. 

God gave us permission to do this once a week.  He commanded us to do it for 24 hours.  We took this great gift and said, “Thank you very much, but, um…I really can’t accept it.”  I can just see God shaking his head and saying, “Your loss. You really don’t know better than I do.” 

So for Christmas this year, how about we give God a smile and say “Thank you very much for this wonderful gift of Sabbath.  I will use it as if my life depended on it.”  (Which by the way it does.)

And in the midst of celebrating the gift of Emmanuel, the incarnation, you can begin by taking at least a 24 hour block of time to truly put Christ back into Christmas.  (It really has nothing to do with a phrase but action on our part.)

“Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath, that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days.  Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; not one is to go out.  So the people rested on the seventh day.’  Exodus 16.29-30

Merry Christmas and Happy Sabbath, 


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