the things I did not accomplish the previous week and general dread for another
week to come. How sad is that?
We've been reading Traveling Light by Max Lucado in our weekly Bible Study and I've been enjoying it thoroughly. I am happy to report that one of the chapters in particular spoke to me and this weekend I had my very first cheerful and happy Sabbath in quite some time.
In the book Lucado points out that God takes a whole paragraph to describe "Keep holy the Sabbath day" in the 10 Commandments in the Bible, whereas the other 9 are fairly brief. We need rest. I am terrible about resting. Every time I do it, I feel guilty like I should be doing something else. God must have known we were going to be this way as humans, because he told us:
8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and
do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.
it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor
manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
and all that
is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the
LORD blessed the
Sabbath day and made it holy.
I love how God here had to spell out for all of us dumb humans exactly what rest meant. I will admit the 6th grader in me giggled a little thinking about the poor wide-eyed aliens in the corner, (perhaps Kang and Kodos from the Simpsons?) sitting there listlessly, because they also couldn't work. I digress. The idea that really stuck with me was the fact that even God rested! He took six days to be productive, but that last one was used to rest. We made a little pact with our Bible Study friends to see if anyone could be better about keeping the Sabbath holy and even our discussion about what this commandment meant was interesting. Just what is resting? We even consulted the Baltimore Catechism for ideas in just how we were suppposed to do such. Now it is a little outdated, but overall I think the general idea of balancing worship and relaxation on Sundays is still relevant today.
So Sunday we went to church, went out to a delightful meal at the best thing to ever happen to Westlake The Grove, took a family nap, went back to church to volunteer promoting this year's Cornerstone race, had a nice dinner with Mike and closed out the evening feeling happy and thankful. It wasn't that hard. I just need to remember to do it!