Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Transitions can be tough. It is easy to lose your sense of place and self while ‘living in a strange land’. Your normal routine is interrupted and it feels like nothing is in its right spot.
At least that is how the last couple of weeks have felt to me. And being a person who needs her own personal space, it was particularly stressful.
I can see why the Hebrews, while in exile, were ‘religious’ about keeping Sabbath. It was part of their familiar routine. It could take place anywhere. It was part of their identity and kept them connected to each other and to God. It was, and still is, life-giving time.
And this is where I contributed to my own stress. I did not take Sabbath time during those two weeks. Now perhaps had it lasted more than two weeks I would have realized my folly but for those two weeks I was oblivious. Yes, I know, I should be practicing what I preach but, alas, I don’t always.
During this time I noticed a restlessness and an inability to feel at ease in my own skin. There was a sense that something was not quite right and instead of slowing down to listen to my body and spirit I kept pushing forward. Only when I did stop long enough to pay attention and sort things out did it hit me! Without Sabbath moments and Sabbath time, my body and soul are disconnected and I don’t feel whole or integrated.
I wonder how many other people feel this way without knowing why. And I wonder just how taking time for Sabbath might change the frantic rush of our lives.
As a wise man once said, “It is not we that keep Sabbath, it is the Sabbath that keeps us.”
After these last two weeks all I can say to that is “Amen.”
“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Psalm 116.7