April 11, 2013 | 09:31 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

The Gift of Sabbath

Sabbath is about setting aside one day of the week that is different than the other days of the week. Sabbath is about honoring a different rhythm and different pace for one whole day. Sabbath is about rest and enjoyment.

I’ve been reading Wayne Muller’s book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, And Delight in our Busy Lives in preparation for this Sunday and highly recommend it. In it Muller writes, "In Sabbath time we remember to celebrate what is beautiful and sacred; we light candles, sing songs, tell stories, eat, nap, and make love. It is a time to let our work, our lands, our animals lie fallow, to be nourished and refreshed. Within this sanctuary, we become available to the insights and blessings of deep mindfulness that arise only in stillness and time."

Isn’t that beautiful? Personally I have found Sabbath practice in my life to be the sustaining force for the fullness of my week. One day that is totally different than the other six days. One day to reset patterns, remember who I am and who God is, and breathe deeply. Sabbath is a gift!