Last Sunday, I talked about how we might find more room in our schedule for those things that are fulfilling. We are all busy, but it often feels like there should be more to life than just busy-ness. Although I didn’t get to touch on it in the sermon, we heard Exodus 20:8-11 read during the worship service. It is one of the Ten Commandments, specifically the one about keeping the sabbath:
Sabbath can come in many different forms. Here are a few possibilities: Take a nap or sleep in once a week. Take a few moments at different times throughout the day to breathe deeply in and out. Go outside and take a walk thirty minutes each day. Set aside ten minutes to read a chapter from the Bible or an online devotional. Offer a brief prayer before you start a drive in the car, praying for your family, your neighbors, yourself and others that come to mind. Light a candle in the evening. Participate in worship with others each Sunday. Pick up the phone and call a friend for conversation. Use your vacation time each year.
There are many ways that we can experience sabbath. We can open our lives to make room for those things that lift our spirits and keep us growing, no matter how old we may be. God whispers to us when we take the time to pause and listen, really listen.
Grace and peace,