FOUNDATIONAL TO human wholeness is the model of the Creator who rested on the seventh day from every work. The Hebrew Scriptures are filled with references to honoring the Sabbath. However, keeping the Sabbath itself does not cause the Hebrews to enter God’s rest any more than my punctilious “no sewing on Sunday” and other taboos in my youth enabled me to experience the gift of rest. Why?
Because faith is lacking; stopping becomes a duty severed from relationship with God. so the author of Hebrews calls Christians to remember that rest still remains for God’s people. Sometimes, however, we have to work hard in order to enter it! “Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such obedience as theirs” (Hebrews 4:11).
– Elizabeth J. Canham
From page 103 of Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today by Elizabeth J. Canham. Copyright © 1999 by Elizabeth J. Canham. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
If Sundays are busy for you, when do you set aside time for rest? How might you plan more time for “sabbath” in your schedule? Share your thoughts.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27, NRSV
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James the Less. (May 3).
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