Day 5: S for Sabbath
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ Exodus 20:8
“Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
The concept of a day of rest was in God’s plan for us right from the beginning – it appears on page two of the Bible! After creating the world in six days God rested on the seventh and encourages us to do so too. Jesus understood and upheld this concept. He encouraged his disciples to ‘come apart and rest awhile.’
It has been said that if we fail to take this seriously, we will indeed come apart! We are unwise to burn the candle at both ends and while we may sustain a hurried and busy pace of life in the short term, it is usually unsustainable in the long run without consequences for our health and general wellbeing.
“The Sabbath is a time to stop, rest, delight in what we have been given,& to contemplate God. @petescazzero” (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality)
- Do you keep a sabbath each week?
- How do you spend it?
- What in your experience are the benefits of keeping it?
- What are the pitfalls for not observing it?
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse to silently ponder on. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what God will show you through it.
PRAY the Lord’s Prayer
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from this verse in your journal.