Sabbath Rest

Credit: Olaf.herfurth on Wikipedia via Creative Commons

Credit: Olaf.herfurth on Wikipedia via Creative Commons


It isn’t about recreation in the sense of mindless entertainment, busying ourselves with hobbies, or gorging on media.

It isn’t about refusing to go out to eat, or slaving away in a kitchen all day to feed a dozen guests after church.

It isn’t about sleeping all day to catch up from too many late nights the week before.

It isn’t about imposing boredom on the household, confining everyone to crossword puzzles at the dining room table.

It isn’t about spending ten hours at the church, ending the day more exhausted than any work night.

It isn’t about avoiding responsibility, or people, or life.


It’s about re-creation.

It’s about trusting that the God who created the world can keep yours spinning for a day.

It’s about putting away the checkbook, the planner, the to-do list and everything else on your smart phone.

It’s about focusing on the people within walking distance, looking in their faces and hearing their words.

It’s about entrusting the labors of last week, and committing the labors of the coming week, to the Lover of your soul.

It’s about appreciating all the gifts surrounding you, rather than striving for a new thing to distract you.

It’s about being quiet enough, long enough, to hear a still, small voice whispering that you are accepted, that you are loved.


May you find Sabbath rest this week, and find a way to carve it into every week hereafter.

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