SabbathReflection QuestionsAlso, Listen tothe March31st sermon on the Sabbath
What compulsions or difficulties make it hard for you to stop? How does taking a Sabbath enhance your enjoyment and worship of God? What makes a Sabbath day nourishing and replenishing to you? What happens to you when you go without regular rhythms that allow you to rest in God?
Plan a twenty-four-hour Sabbath you can enter with anticipation. The night before your Sabbath, remind your body how long it has to luxuriate and rest in God. consider the things that would nourish you; worship, music, a nap, making love, walking, reading, playing with children, afternoon tea. Plan them spaciously into the day.
Gather your family together to discuss how to arrange your Sabbath for refreshment, renewal and relationships. Ask each member how to intentionally leave their school or work week behind. Let everyone share one thing they love to do on the Sabbath. How can you approach Sabbaths in ways that do not force, rush, or demand?
Begin your Sabbath gently by lighting a candle. Invite the presence of Christ to guide you through the Sabbath. Eat with family and friends. Go to bed early, pray for Christ to give you deep, refreshing sleep. Rest in his arms.
Prepare a Sabbath box. Every evening before your Sabbath, gather as a family and drop all the things you don’t need to take with you into the Sabbath into the box; cell phones, credit cards, gadgets, to do lists, work projects, homework, worry and anxiety. Pray together to receive the gift of Sabbath.
Awake gently to your Sabbath day. Don’t set an alarm. As you come to consciousness take several deep breaths and open your body wide to God for the new day. That God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank him for the gift of the day before you. Get up slowly and attend to your desire to encounter God today.