May 28, 2018
Deuteronomy 5:12-15…“Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.” vs. 12
Most folks are familiar with the concept of a sabbatical, a time of rest from regular labors or a time away from our job or profession. In some corporations, a sabbatical is considered one of the perks of employment. But many don’t know that this practice has deep roots in the Hebrew scriptures and that it stems from the conviction that one day of the week should be considered holy. Way back in the very beginning, when communities were being formed, there was a strong sense that daily living required a rhythm. More particularly, people of faith realized that it was essential to have time for rest, a time to pray and to reflect on their relationship with the Lord of the Universe. More recently, the whole notion of sabbath has been threatened by cultural trends…many people who would gladly take sabbaticals wouldn’t dream of keeping the sabbath. Oh they like the idea of vacation, but setting aside one day a week as holy or sacred is a complete foreign notion. As a result, Sunday or sabbath has become just another day–but not for everyone. People of faith continue to use their sabbaths as refueling stops in the course of busy lives. It is for them, the most precious day of the week and they’re grateful to be able to come together in community for the breaking of bread and for prayers. It’s the very best way for them to feed their souls.
Thought for the Day: What keeps me from sabbath observance?