While the danger of sabbath intentions and parameters might drive away people because they feel like obligations, not observing sabbath at all can leave us feeling self-centered. If we practice the Jewish or Christian faith, then sabbath orders our lives rightly; it makes God the Creator and us the blessed recipients of creation and rest.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God.
—Deuteronomy 5:12-14a (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.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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