The Work of Sabbath

To practice the Sabbath requires work.  It requires preparation yes, but more so it requires the mental discipline to leave things undone.  That pile of dishes–it can wait, however strong the draw is to finish it.  That last little bit of work you took home from the office–you have to leave it alone.  Over time these impulses will subside, but one must always stay vigilant to let the Sabbath do its work of redemptive delight in our lives.  We must stop working to let it work.

Today, find one chore or other piece of work that you really want to do and do all you can to leave it undone.

The Kingdom Come
Take Delight
Turn it Off
Sabbath Rest
About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith (Convergent/Random House 2015).


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