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Sabbath Moments and Peace

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

It’s good to be back on-line with you.  My time in Puerto Rico performing the wedding of a darling couple was great despite my itchy legs.  BTW I have a solid diagnosis now, I hope.  My dermatologist says it was poison ivy on a steroid rebound.  It seems the Urgent Care Dr. missed the diagnosis and then ‘woefully’ under treated it.  As a result the lower dose of steroid caused it to get worse.  It seems to be on the mend now and I credit the salty water of the Atlantic Ocean for a lot of that healing…thank you all for your concerns, comments and prayers. 

This week I am back home in Western New York.  It has been a bittersweet time.  We have put our house on the market and hope to find a maintenance free condo in Rochester.  Moving out of a home after 20 years conjures up memories and begins the goodbye process to a home that has been good to us.  And the memories go with us. 

A far harder goodbye took place yesterday when I said goodbye and God speed to a dear friend who is dying of cancer.  She is at peace and looking forward to her new adventure as she transitions from this life to the next.  I, on the other hand, am selfishly sad to be losing a friend who has brought me joy, grace, love, laughter and a great deal of wisdom through her keen mind and deep faith.  The world needs more people like her not less. 

I share all these tidbits from my life this week because there is a Sabbath Moment thread that runs through all of it. 

Time, sharing, and relationships are the essence of Sabbath Moments.  The time we spend with God in sharing our lives, fears, joys, sorrows and confusion brings us into a closer relationship with God that in turn brings us a peace that passes all understanding in the midst of life’s ups and downs. 

My relationship to the bride in Puerto Rico began when she was a member of my church as a little girl.  Our journey together was one of discovering who God was in her life and that discovery forms who she is today.  Your prayers and concern for my strange outbreak is a result of our time together sharing these moments and a love of a God we know and trust.  Leaving our home to establish a new one reminds me that things are always changing but through it all God is with us.  And my dear friend’s last few days are filled with a sacredness and peace that comes only from spending intentional time with a God of love, mercy, compassion and justice.  (Her favorite words). 

Life can be a series of Sabbath Moments that bring us a deep and abiding peace so we can say “all is well with my soul.”

Treasure, guard, and be intentional with your time with God this week.  You never know when you will need to draw on that assurance of God’s presence, love and truth.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”  Horatio Spafford

“And a storm and wind came down the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.  And they went and woke him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; and they ceased, and there was a calm.  He said to them “Where is your faith?”  And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water and they obey him.”  Luke 8.23-25

Blessings and peace,

Nancy

Words of Life in a Sabbath Setting

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Have you ever heard a lyric from a song, read a line from a poem or experienced a description in a book in such a way that time seems to stop and you enter into the words as if they were speaking to your essence? 

Lovers have “their song” that draws them together and reminds them of the love they share.  Men and women carry phrases, one liners, or proverbs in their minds to pull out when they need to feel encouraged or to encourage others.  I have a friend who can pull up the lyrics to a song to fit almost any situation and they always add to our understanding. 

Many Christians have a favorite scripture that speaks to their heart or a hymn that sends their spirits soaring or brings a lump to their throat.  

Words have great power. 

I am drawn to words of scripture that focus on life, light and love.  “I put before you this day, blessing and curse, life and death; choose life” from Deuteronomy is one of my favorites.  As the days start to get shorter, passages about light and how the light came into the world and the darkness has not been able to overcome it buoy my spirits as it grows darker earlier and earlier.  And when I am feeling anything but lovable, the words from Jeremiah remind me that God has “loved me with an everlasting love.” 

Sabbath is a day that is meant to be filled with words of life, light and love.  Sabbath is a time when words have great power reminding us of God’s great love for us and our well-being.  Candles are lit on Sabbath to signal its beginning and announce the time to rest has come into our lives. 

This week focus your Sabbath moments around words that lift you up, that bring you life, remind you of how much God loves you and how that love lights your life.  Light some candles, put on your favorite music or hymns, read some favorite passages either from the scripture or poetry and just savor the words as they whisper to you.

“shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” 

Philippians 2.15b-16a

Blessings,

Nancy

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