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Sabbath Moment Play

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Usually I am with my granddaughter each afternoon for about 4 hours.  The afternoons are full of play like dress up, tea parties,  craft time, dolls, trucks, snacks and, if I am lucky, a little down time!!!  And the time passes quickly with all this play and laughter filling our lives each day.   This past week her Dad came home early and I was only there about 45 minutes.  As I got ready to leave, she looked at me and said, “but we didn’t get time to play.”

Again, she triggered an idea for a Sabbath Moment.  I wonder how often God feels like that as we rush around completing tasks, doing errands and not taking time to play in his creation or spend some playful moments with him?

And I don’t think I am being sacrilegious saying this.  Look at the world that God created in its raw beauty and nature.  Birds sing and swoop and play in the sky.  Clouds dance and trees clap their hands with the wind.  The brooks babble and foam in a frenzy of running and tripping along their path.  Flowers turn their faces up to the sun and burst open with a beauty that makes us smile.  Wild animals run, jump, climb and wrestle with each other.  There is playing going on all over creation.

Why have we reduced time with God to some routine prayers?  Or, equate it to a sermon that may or may not inspire us?  Or, think that time with God always has to be solemn or hard work?  Now, I know not everyone does that.  And I also know that many people do.  The church has a lot of explaining to do on that point I fear.  But I digress.

So for your Sabbath Moments this week find time to play with God or in God’s creation.  If you can’t find ways to play, then find ways to be playful in your attitude.   Relax into the playfulness of snowflakes floating through the air and landing on your nose.  Rest in the warmth of the sunshine and let it warm your insides too.  Refresh yourself in the basics of nature and let its beauty fill your heart and mind with joy and peace.  These are moments of play.  These are Sabbath moments.

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than we are at play.”  Charles Schaefer

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55.12

Playful blessings,


Sabbath Moments September 14, 2012

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

I know this is a new format.  It is a move to the world of internet blogging.  Before today the posts you got were from an email provider that sent out “blasts” to those who had given me their email.  Now, these Sabbath Moments will have a wider reach – I hope!

So here we go…

If you have spent any time with a 4 year old, you know they have a lot of energy to burn.  And if you have spent any time with a 4 year old, you know they can crash and burn quickly when that energy runs out.  Both of these situations can be exhausting for those of us who care for them.

However, this week I found a place in between the hyperactivity and the tears of exhaustion.  And in finding this I learned a great lesson.  It is a Sabbath Moment lesson.

Arianna, my 4 year old granddaughter, is in a pre-K program that runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm so by the time we get home it’s close to 2 pm.  At that point in the day, she is a combination of pent up energy and wind down energy.

Her favorite things to do when she gets out of the car is to swing.  The other day while we swinging I said I was thirsty.  She said that she was too.

I suggested that we get a drink, bring out the ipad with some of her favorite music on it and sit on the patio and listen to music.  Of course, I also braced myself for all the reasons she would offer as to why this would not be very much fun for this rambunctious one.

Surprise!  She stopped swinging, looked at me and said, “Nana, that is a great idea.  You are the best grandma ever.”  Whoa…did I hear that right?  She wanted to sit quietly and listen to music. Yes, I did and she did.

We got our drinks, set up the ipad and settled into the chairs.  It was amazing to watch her put her feet up, quietly sitting and singing along while sipping her drink.  It was a lesson in pure relaxation and a testimony to how a 4 year old can listen to her body.

Isn’t that what God intended with the fourth commandment?  “On the seventh day you shall rest and do no work”.  It’s like God is saying to us “Sit down, put on the music that lifts your spirit and drink deeply of living water.”

Why not try that this week?  If you are used to taking a ‘coffee break’, then settle into a quiet place, bring some music with you and just be in God’s presence.  Get away from the noise, the hustle and bustle of the office or your home and just sit, sip, soak up the peace of God…if only for a few minutes.  If you are not used to taking a ‘coffee break’, then start!  It is good for the soul.  You can even tell your boss (or yourself) that is an order you have to follow for your health and well being.

Enjoy and let God bathe you in the joy of rest.

Happy Sabbath


 “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”                                             Matthew 11.28


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