The Practice of Sabbath

by Beth Richardson on July 11, 2012 · 2 comments

Hands All Together

Wednesday, July 11. Read “Spiritual Practice: Sabbath” (p. 40). Reflect on the observation that Sabbath time is for what delights us most. Make time for the things that delight you most.

How are you at taking Sabbath time?

Words from The Word: It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. -Ephesians 1:11, THE MESSAGE

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray the words of scripture from Mark 6:14-16.

Pray for: the people and countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Spiritual Tools: Rest in the peace of this LovingKindness meditation.

Quote:

Gracious Lord, you are the beginning and ending of all things, my center and my circumference: root and fix me in you in such a way that my soul finds rest in its true home and never stops growing in grace, safe and secure in your loving embrace. Amen.

-Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From p. 23 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright (c) 2008 by Paul Wesley Chilcote. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer:
God of Sabbath, give me the joy and abandon to dance before you. Amen.


Art Credit: Hands, all together, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Pat July 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

I have always known I needed “sabbath” time, but am now even more intentional about this since retirement from employment and being a full-time caregiver. Sabbath moments for me are walking in nature, lying in a hammock under the canopy of trees overhead, watching birds, playing the piano, reading, listening to music or just sitting in silence. I also attend Quaker Meeting weekly for an hour of SILENCE. Sabbath time is so NOT valued in our frenzied culture of always being busy and productive.

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Molly July 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

I do think the ‘intentional ‘ bit is important. God knows the responsibilities we have, and will show us opportunities for sabbath time if we ask. In the reading from A.N. I felt the minutes and the hours and the days are part of my life, but longer periods like retreats are out of my reach. But I have had occasions when I have had days, or a week at home without major duties and have been able to use those. A long period of illness turned out to be a very fruitful time with God. I guess being aware that God wants to communicate , helps turn our thoughts in that direction whenever there is opportunity.
Pat’s ideas give lots of avenues to be pursued. Thank you.

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