Keeping a Sabbath Space

July 27, 2014

Today’s Reflection

MANY PEOPLE FIND Sunday as busy as any other day of the week, particularly if they have to work. However, behind the fourth commandment lies the truth that we were not created to live an endless round of busy days. Our bodies, minds, and spirits need sabbath space. And practicing the sabbath measures our ability to live by God’s grace rather than our own endeavors: can we be humble enough to let go of our own efforts and own importance at regular intervals and just “be”?

The principle of the sabbath carries more importance than the actual day of its observance. Find one day a week in which you can claim some sabbath space and allow your body, mind, and spirit to renew themselves.

- Ann Siddall and Gary Stuckey
Tending the Seed

From page 48 of Tending the Seed: Nurture Your God-Given Potential by Ann Siddall and Gary Stuckey. Copyright © 2005 by Ann Siddall and Gary Stuckey. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you practice a time of weekly sabbath rest? Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember:  
Mary Magdalene
(July 22).

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Jill July 27, 2014 at 4:56 am

During the school year I generally try to do no school work on Saturday. That also is my day to not have to jump out of bed and begin my morning at a set time. I slowly wake up to the morning, linger a little longer during my quiet time and eventually get to my morning run. I also will visit with my parents in the morning. Some weekends inevitably end up with a jam-packed Sunday – usually due to family commitments – and then I have to tend to school work/prep on Saturday.

Father – thank You for a day to gather in Your House. Thank You also for our new pastor – a strong teacher, and the excitement that is there in church. Revive us, O Lord.

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robert moeller July 27, 2014 at 6:47 am

In the sense that I do no work of any kind but focus only on God and rest, I have no sabbath. That would be a perfect sabbath. Sunday is a day of rest, I do some work but only what I want to do not what is a necessity, going to church is very important. I find rest there in the service and coffee hour.

In some years when I was teaching Sunday was a very busy do schoolwork day. The school week before was so busy and I was so tired that Saturday was a break from school. Its been 7 years since I retired from teaching and these years have been busy too, but Sunday means church.

Lord, there are so many places and people around the world who need extra attention. The problems they face are dangerous, life threatening, and varied. Empower us to do all we can, whenever we can to help them in whatever way we can. In Your name I pray. Amen.

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Carol July 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

I attended a conference, “Women of Sabbath” last fall. While I am more intentional about how I choose to spend my day, I also chose to omit something from the day. I had a favorite web site to shop, especially their bargain basement deals on Sundays. Now I don’t go to that site on Sundays, helping to clear my mind of temporal things. And now, I think twice before browsing any shopping websites on Sundays. It is my way of reminding myself that the temporal vs everlasting is a continual choice. It is also a way that I say, ‘Jesus, I love you”. I guess it is an act of devotion.

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Andrea July 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

Being retired, I have plenty of sabbath space. I am grateful for unhurried time for spiritual practice, walking outdoors, cooking and crafting. I am grateful for time with my husband and my friends. My prayer is to use the time well. Challenges these last couple of years have led me to evaluate priorities and I still pray to discern what God is calling me to do at this time in my life, after a long demanding career in a helping profession. What I keep hearing is surprising, it is simply to be attentive to the moment, to the people in my daily life, to the two churches I am connected to, to creative endeavors that give me joy. Thank You Gracious God for the blessings of this day. Amen.

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Pj July 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I keep God our Father as example whom worked six (6) days than rested the seventh(7th) Its legalism that names a day. Work any six days and rest the seventh is the same as Gods example and request of us to be as him and do the same as him = In today’s society for sure where now the battle for named times,days,years,etc…is in such high demand not to care so much about it as long as the principle is in braced. Amen

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