Prayers for the Parched: Celebrating the Sabbath

Celebrate the Sabbath by Taking Time to Enjoy God's Nature

Celebrate the Sabbath by Taking Time to Enjoy God’s Nature

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you, not your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, not the alien within your gates.  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. Exodus 20:8-11

When I grew up, stores were closed on Sundays.  As a nation, we actively took a day to rest.  For me, it was time to spend with the family, include Sunday dinner.  Now, Sundays are another day to do errands.  It’s not necessarily even for church, with churches offering services on Friday or Saturday evenings.  Honestly, I’m grateful for the flexibility.  Taking a Sabbath day isn’t about a particular day of the week.  Pastors don’t rest on Sundays.  It’s about incorporating a time of rest into our schedules.  If we don’t celebrate the Sabbath, our mental and physical health suffers, and it’s easier to lose perspective.  As always, God’s commandments are for our good.

Lord,

I praise you for your plan of Sabbath

For one day of rest and focus in every seven

Forgive me when I neglect to schedule this time in my life

When will I learn your pace?

In your pacing is peace and rest and Godspeed

Your plan gives energy for living life

Come and show me how to set your pace in my life.


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