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