ExamineNew Every Morning | February 28, 2020
WHEN FREE TIME yields to sabbath—unplanned sacred time for rest, worship, or gathered community—our worlds are turned upside down, and we feel uncomfortable. Sabbath practices are not what our culture or economy teaches us to do with our time. Observing sabbath is scary because it means slowing down to examine what we’re doing with our lives, why we’re doing it, and who we are. Sabbath, when practiced regularly, makes us realize what we’ve called “living” isn’t actually living at all.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
What feelings arise when you try to practice the countercultural ways of sabbath? Join the conversation.
If you stop trampling the Sabbath,
stop doing whatever you want on my holy day,
and consider the Sabbath a delight,
sacred to the LORD, honored,
and honor it instead of doing things your way,
seeking what you want and doing business as usual,
then you will take delight in the LORD.
—Isaiah 58:13-14a (CEB)
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Being an introvert, being single, being independent – these things naturally allow me a wealth of opportunities to be still, step away and take as much time as is necessary/as I want to be apart and tend to the need for my kind of quiet necessary for my soul. I try to not take it for granted. I absolutely adore my work and my ability to teach kids well – and the requirements of my job. The need to be “on” while in the classroom, alert and drawn from. I have found a wonderful balance away from school – stretching my introverted self by joining a small group and also remaining involved in both cancer support groups. The Lord replenishes me in these settings, as well as in my time alone at home. He is the caretaker of my soul. Thank You, Father.
Today’s scripture surely wakes me up, explains clearly what sabbath is. Doing what it describes has been
a lifelong challenge. Have to seriously ponder what changes I need to make.
There were schools where I could pour myself into my job and there were others where it was a struggle. The irony is that where I could devote myself to students other aspects of the job were not positive and where students were a challenge the other aspects of the job were positive. Most of my teaching career was in schools of the later type.
The expected snowfall was mostly rain and temps have stayed warm- in the 40s. This has been a tough ski season. Hopefully conditions at today’s ski area are better, it’s further north.
Prayers that there is a good plan to deal with the coronavirus here in the US, prayers for healing for those who have it and protection for those who don’t.
I do believe that no one knows me better than God. That is a very encouraging thought. Thank You, Lord.
Spending time in community worship made me anxious. I felt isolated while surrounded by others. I never felt truly a part of congregation. People would speak to me if I approached them first only. I was asked by the minister’s wife to join several committees which I did. I contributed above and beyond what was asked of me and never missed a meeting. Still, I never felt a part of the committees.
Prayers for Jill, a fellow introvert. I, too, prefer time spent alone with my kitties and reading the Bible and devotioanls during private quiet time. May the Lord help your new meds to work to help your new symptoms and flairup of old ones.
Prayers for Robert, may you find better skiing conditions today. Funny, we have excellent skiing here, several inches fell and they make a lot also.
Prayers for Andrea, April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Lou, Mary, Marcy, and Rick.
Prayers and thank you UR