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.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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