Sunday, April 23

Sabbath Readings (Part 3)

Island of Stillness
There are 24 hours in each day and 7 days a week.  We live day in and day out in time.  All this time seems so crazy and frantic with doing work, but every week we get to have Sabbath time.  It’s like this: Pretend you are in a crazy storm in a boat out at sea, with the waves crashing over you and the wind blowing your boat in all directions.  But then you see an island with a harbor, where you can anchor your boat for awhile and come in from being out in the crazy sea.  You sail into the harbor and your boat rests.  You rest.  That is what the Sabbath is like for you.
The seventh day, the Sabbath day, is a day different from the rest of the days of the week.  The stormy sea is like the rest of the week, and Sabbath is like that island with a harbor.  It’s a place in time, where we can let go of things and stuff we normally think about during the week.  We can let go of homework and all the things on our to-do list.  We can let go of cooking, cleaning, and fixing.  Instead, we grab onto God and attach ourselves to His Spirit.

Architecture in Time (Building Meaningful bits of Time)
We want to think about how important it is to remember Sabbath, as well as other special times in our weeks and years.  When the sun rises and sets, think of it as a reminder from God to pray.  When the Passover comes each year, think about the Exodus from Egypt.  Remember God’s faithfulness, and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  One day, there will be no time.  Jesus will come again, and it will be the end of days, weeks, and years.  Use the time you have now well to build your faith stronger.

Holiness in Time
The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time instead of things.  We decorate our houses and try to keep them clean.  We give and receive presents, buy new things, make new things, and spend a lot of time thinking about all the stuff we have.  All these things try to keep us from thinking about God.  On the Sabbath, we say “no” to thinking about all the stuff we have and instead, we focus our thoughts on God.  We think about how the Sabbath is set apart from other days of the week, and how just as God rested on the seventh day, we get too as well.  We use our toys, cars, phones, and other stuff all week long, so one day a week we stop and think about Who made it possible to have all this stuff in the first place.  We think about how God made the whole world, and what a wonderful thing that is.

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