Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sabbath

"Your Kingdom Come," 8 x 10 Print by Janice Van Cronkhite.

Thanks to the clear and tender leading of my friend Rick in church this morning, I am in love with Sabbath tonight and with the God who carved it into the rhythm of our hearts, whether we heed it or not. I’ve been sitting here a good 30 minutes  typing and clearing and typing my Sabbath thoughts and then decided it was becoming more work than pleasure, and I’m giving myself (and you) a Sabbath rest.  So, here are a couple of thought provoking pieces on Sabbath. 

"Our culture invariably supposes that action and accomplishment is better than rest, that doing something--anything--is better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed, to meet these ever-growing expectations, we do not rest. Because we do not rest, we lose our way. We miss the compass points that would show us where to go, we bypass the nourishment that would give us succor. We miss the quiet that would give us wisdom. We miss the joy and love born of effortless delight. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we can never truly rest. And for want of rest, our lives are in danger."
-Wayne Muller, from his gorgeous book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives

 

Check out the Sabbath Manifesto-

01. Avoid Technology.


02. Connect with loved ones.


03. Nurture your health.


04. Get outside.


05. Avoid commerce.


06. Light candles.


07. Drink wine.


08. Eat bread.


09. Find silence.


10. Give back

4 comments:

Lindalou said...

I like this list. It makes me rethink how I spend Sunday.

Elizabeth Akins, RDH, BS said...

oooo, I needed that! I'm so bad at resting.

donna said...

People always look at me like I'm nuts when I ask why we have to always be doing something. Why can't we do nothing? Wayne Muller makes my point perfectly. Thank you for this post.

Regarding the Sabbath Manifest, I 100% agree with #8 - Eat Bread.

donna

donna said...

Sue, I've never been a fan of purple coneflowers or any coneflowers mainly because the petals generally point downward and look sad to me. In an attempt to attract butterflies, I've started planting them and could easily become addicted.

Thanks for visiting.

donna