Sabbath FreedomNew Every Morning | July 6, 2022
We put down the smartphones that entrap us. We shifted our posture, reclining and aligning ourselves with God, scripture, and community. We cut the cord of unnecessary urgency and simply embraced the present. It had been a long time since I’d let holy mystery transcend daily chaos.
As Fred and I climbed into bed after midnight, I realized that for the first time in weeks I didn’t have a migraine. “Why aren’t we celebrating the gift of sabbath freedom each week?” I asked him.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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The Lord proclaims:
Stop at the crossroads and look around;
ask for the ancient paths.
Where is the good way?
Then walk in it
and find a resting place for yourselves.
—Jeremiah 6:16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me find freedom in the gift of sabbath. Guide me to build regular sabbath time into my life. Amen.
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I spend my waking hours doing things I can do when there’s natural light, social media has not caught on to me, email is my favorite internet means of correspondence.
Based on my experience so far, I would highly recommend Conversations with God. Thankful we have a pastor who has experience with it, it sent him to seminary.
By afternoon I’m on weakened batteries and things hoped, wanted to do fade from memory.
A lot of this comes from waking up in the wee hours of the morning.
On my computer next and will catch up with you.
You are missed!
Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence.
Sure hope all goes/ went well at the lawyer’s office and Julie has power of attorney to care for h. Glad church and botanical gardens bring peace.Thankful the meds provide some help, too bad about the petulant effect. Prayers for Ally&David, glad David is improving with rehab care. May a sound source of finances be found. Thankful church is a blessing. Lots of sports for Jill. Thankful that’s possible since you love it so. Am amazed your Dad can do what he does, staying hydrated is a key in the summer especially. Cancer support groups are helpful even if you don’t/didn’t have cancer. Cancer affects us all one way or another. Great news on the school tests results. I have great confidence in your teaching, Jill. How many times do the police have to follow procedures that don’t produce good results with black men? I also have great concerns for all people of color. God made us all.
No news yet on the results of the strawberry shortcake sale. I purposely did not contact the team leader. She needs a day of rest. At 75 working two jobs, and with some health issues, she is amazing.
Thank You, Lord.
I use email and my phone/tablet to receive the UR Devotional and NEM, so I do not ever go completely device free. I only use social media for support groups for things such as Raynaud’s and now Parkinson’s caregivers. These are full of helpful and kind people and we try to answer one another’s questions and bring a caring presence to others in our shoes.
The power of attorney was signed yetserday and I am so very thankful. The lawyer is the same one who helped us with our wills 25 years ago. We spent time talking while his secretary prepared the paperwork and he had some fascinating stories to share. He did not charge us a cent for his services. I intend to make a donation to a veterans support organization in his name as many of the stories he shared were of his grandfather who fought in World War I.
Prayers for Ally and David, I pray the rehab work is successful in helping him gain needed stability to prevent future falls and breaks. I pray that Ally’s disability appeal is approved the first time. Prayers for April and her loved one, Lou and her family and Rick and Scott. Prayers of thanksgiving that Jill’s students all passed their exams. I agree with Robert that this is a testament of Jill’s sound teaching and the care she brings in her interactions with her students. Prayers for Robert and his church, I pray that the fundraiser was very successful and that they continue to have such wonderful participation within the laity and are able to continue serving their community for many years with or wthout a pastor.
I don’t feel that I am entangled in social media, yet find myself mindlessly going to it more so now in the summer time, with down time. I post pictures of my dad and I golfing – friends from long ago enjoy seeing and knowing he is doing well. Also, relatives out of state appreciate seeing him. I have tried to be much more discrete with the use of technology in the morning, before I get into my day.
Dad and I dodged a few raindrops, got paired up with 2 other “Larrys” and we all played an enjoyable round of golf. Due to the intermittent rain and heavy cloud cover, it was a very comfortable temperature to golf.
The celebration of life service was just right. I got to speak with Meg afterwards – she is hurting so. But, she believes, as do I, that her mom was honored well at the service.
Julie – so glad things went well with the lawyer and POA.