Modern Christians have an opportunity to empathize with the challenges the Jews have encountered in observing sabbath in a culture that is neither conducive to nor supportive of taking a full day to connect with the Creator, ourselves, and one another. But even a rigorous review of scripture and Judeo-Christian history doesn’t solve the major obstacle against sabbatarianism: How do we begin to observe a day that is antithetical to culture, the economy, smartphones, email, work expectations, and retail?
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
—Genesis 2:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, our Creator and Redeemer, help me to realize my need for sabbath time in my busy life. Please give me a hunger for sabbath time so I can spend more time with you, my family, and my faith community. Amen.
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SABBATH: An Ancient Practice Meets the Modern World is a new two-hour documentary that explores the history of one of the world’s most important spiritual practices and its timeless relevance for a stressed-out, modern world. This week’s featured author, J. Dana Trent, is one of the featured commentators in the film. Learn more at www.journeyfilms.com.
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