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.