Weekly Uplift-“Sabbath: What?”

We have examined the importance of Sabbath and the “Why?” of Sabbath. This week, we turn our attention to the “What?” of Sabbath. What can a Sabbath time actually look like? There are as many answers to this question as there are people. I ask us to consider what activities—or lack thereof—would make a good Sabbath for us.

Phillip K. Howard helps answer the “What?” question when he writes, “Smart people spend time alone. They don’t fill their days with appointments from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., as many politicians and executives do. Great science does not emerge from hard logic and grinding hours. It comes from the mysterious resources of the human brain and soul. Inspiration is nurtured by activities like chopping wood and raking leaves, preparing dinner and reading to the kids. These activities soften the rigid pace of the day’s pursuits and allow all our God-given intuition to work its unlogical magic. Only then can we reach our fullest potential. Only then can we leap from thinking to understanding.”

As we consider what Sabbath time looks like for us, I ask us to also please consider what God might be making of us. As we spend time alone with God, what might God be calling us to do? Who might God be calling us to be? And, how might God be calling us to give? Personally? Emotionally? Spiritually? Financially? We can get clues to the answers to these questions as we listen to God in the stillness and solitude of our Sabbath time.


Pastor Doug

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