Field Guide to Sabbaths

by Beth A Richardson on July 14, 2012 · 3 comments

Hands All Together

Saturday, July 14. As you read “Field Guide to Sabbaths” (p. 30) reflect on your own attempts to find balance between rest and work. What can you learn from this author?

Tell us about your attempts to balance rest and work.

Words from The Word: Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure. Psalm 24:3-4, NLT

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.


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.

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 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

Sabbath for me is luxuriating in the atmosphere of a wooded area. The trees above are my cathedral as I watch them sway in time with the breeze. I marvel at their strength that survives the vagaries of myriad weather patterns. Signals for me that in spite of, or maybe because of, life’s challenges growth continues. Watching birds as they scurry to find food or just sing and chatter amongst themselves. Lying in a hammock with a cat on my belly. Her purring often in sync with my own heartbeat. Now this is Sabbath!

Carol July 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

What I am aiming for is to connect with God at church and/or in my reading, to connect with my husband at home, and to write letters to or call members of my family–to connect with God through my relationships. There seems to be for me a deep peace that accompanies this.


Molly July 15, 2012 at 12:44 am

I don’t think I ever managed to find a balance while I was working full time. I did ‘work on it’ and often thought I was doing OK. Now, my doctor tells me that some of my health issues relate to that time when I ‘didn’t listen to my body telling me when I needed to rest’.
Now I am retired, I am busy with many things, but I am learning some of these lessons.
I offer this comment as a suggestion to those thinking about the ‘rest’ issue through these readings. The ‘ Sabbath rest’ in Jesus, affects our whole being at every level, however and whenever we find it.

I love the photographers’ stories. Thank you, Beth, for showing us so many things to think about from so many different viewpoints.

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