“Living Fully: Spiritual Tools for Challenging Times – The Sabbath” Pastor Stephen Sanders 03-07-21

During Lent (the 40-day season leading to Easter), Pastor Laura and I are reflecting on Spiritual Tools (Spiritual Practices) that God has given us to help us live more fully during challenging times. Each Sunday, we will give guidance on how to use a different tool/practice.

Last Sunday, Pastor Laura spoke about prayer. We gave three different types of prayer for you to try.

This week, I’m going to reflect on the Spiritual Tool of Sabbath.

For many of us Americans, Sabbath may seem like a crazy notion. We fill up our schedules and pride ourselves on how busy we stay.

Yet Sabbath made it into God’s Top-10 list of Commandments: “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; you shall not do any work.” Not only does God call us not to work, but God calls us not to cause anyone else to work – our children, employees, even farm animals.

We may look at Sabbath as a burden: I can’t work?!

What if we envisioned Sabbath as a gift. Rabbi Abraham Heschel writes that the first holy thing God created was not a place but a day, what he calls a “palace in time.”

Join us this week as we learn more about the Spiritual Tool called Sabbath and explore this “palace in time.”

Next Steps

Take time this week to practice Sabbath — time to rest, renew, and enjoy the life God has given you. You may want to take a large block of time, or you may be in a position where you need to practice Sabbath in smaller installments. Below are a few ideas:

  • Go for a hike and enjoy creation
  • Take five minutes twice each day and just be. You might want to do something that helps you relax — Listen to music, watch birds, etc.
  • Do one thing that energizes you
  • Try something you have always wanted to do