Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Tomorrow is the second Sabbath of the New Year and so far I must say I am doing quite well maintaining a Sabbath observance. Last Sabbath after worship I enjoyed a luscious nap, a good book, a good meal and good company. The second Sabbath of the year will most likely not include a nap. However, the good meal and good company are on the agenda following worship and without getting too far ahead of myself I will go so far as to say “two for two, woohoo!”
Maintaining a Sabbath attitude for 52 weeks may be a challenge for those of us not used to taking a 24 hour Sabbath – understatement of the year! And yet, I can see how having a clear intention, making sabbath plans ahead of time, and then following them makes Sabbath keeping more enjoyable. Just like God intended for those who were called to keep the Sabbath holy. A day of rest before the work week begins again really does make a difference in my energy level – mental, emotional, spiritual and physical.
What I hope to do this year…beyond try…is to be intentional about taking a Sabbath day a week. Initially, I am starting with Sunday but I will allow for the possibility that it could become another day of the week. However, my goal is one Sabbath a week regardless of the day. This is a big jump for me from Sabbath moments stolen throughout the day…although those are still good and better than no rest with God.
It’s in print and it’s out there in cyberspace where you can hold me accountable. Anyone want to join me? Do you have an accountability partner? I would love to hear from you about how you spend your Sabbaths over the next year. Let me know in the comment box and we can learn from each as well as encourage each other. I’ll post some of the most creative and restful ones.
As I think ahead to December 27, 2015, the last Sabbath in the year, I want to be accomplished at Sabbath keeping, calmer, filled with peace and hope, and walking a much gentler path in the world. What about you?
“Tell the Israelites, ‘Above all, keep my Sabbaths, the sign between me and you, generation after generation, to keep the knowledge alive that I am the God who makes you holy. Keep the Sabbath; it’s holy to you.” Exodus 31.12-13