Over the summer, it seemed that life was busy. I felt that many weeks there was a lot of rushing around going places. By the pictures you shared of Flat Jesus’ adventures, I know that many of you were busy too. But it is now fall and things should slow down, right?
I’m afraid that it doesn’t always happen that way. We live in a time where we try and cram as many activities as possible in the day. In Godly Play on Sunday, as I shared the story about Moses and the 10 Best Ways to Live (10 Commandments), I mentioned the word Sabbath. I asked if they knew what Sabbath meant. As I tried to explain the concept, I realized that it is important for us to observe.
I look forward to my time of Sabbath, but many times I don’t schedule it in my calendar. We often look with great anticipation for events – going on vacation, a new home, getting married, having a baby. Do we look forward to the Sabbath? We look forward with excitement and expectation to major events and spend time preparing for them, but do we prepare for the Sabbath?
We have planned many great activities at church to enrich your life this fall. I hope you will participate in them. Consider it part of your Sabbath and spending time with God. I find in my own life, when I truly Sabbath, there is a balance in my life that I don’t have anywhere else. There is a calm and peace in my life that is helpful for dealing with the world.
Part of Sabbath is being in the community with fellow believers as a part of the Body of Christ. So join us not just for worship, but come early for a time of education at 9:30 A.M. and stay through fellowship following worship. This is one way we can encourage one another on the journey of faith. Join us for a trip to Roba’s Family Farm on October 14th – enjoy some s’mores as we talk around the fire. Take the time to spend with God in Sabbath and see what God is calling you to do.
This letter from Pastor Martha also appears in the The Covenanter, Volume XXXVII, Issue 15