I’ve been reading Dan Allender’s book Sabbath (part of Thomas Nelson’s Ancient Practices Series) for a chapter I’m writing on the subject. Allender says that once the Sabbath ends, the next three days can be for reflection, “a remembering of the day.” The three days before Sabbath can be for anticipation and planning. I love this because it puts Sabbath at the center of our experience of time and of course our worship of God.
I mentioned this to my wife, and she had an interesting idea. She suggested we come up with a calendar for our family that puts Sunday (our Sabbath day) in the middle of the week, a visual reminder of the centrality of a Sabbath day of delight that “celebrates God’s re-creative, redemptive love.”
What do you think? What are some ways you celebrate the Sabbath on your own, with your family, and with your faith community?