In the modern Jewish tradition, this ancient gift of time is still observed as a day of freedom from the thirty-nine categories of work—everything from plowing, sowing, ripping, cooking, wringing a wet garment, tying a knot, building, demolishing, to carrying something from the public to the private domain or vice versa. Instead, sabbath is time spent with God in prayer and study and time spent with family and community. No money is exchanged or touched on the sabbath. No one travels, takes part in goal-oriented self-improvement, tackles difficult issues or problems, or produces, creates, or destroys anything.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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The seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you.
—Exodus 20:10 (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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