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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