Take Delight

Today, savor the world.  Put your attention toward enjoying the people you encounter, the activities you do, the serendipities that come.  Take a walk in the woods and delight in the incredible creation.  The world is full of delightful things; the Sabbath is a day to really savor them. … [Read more...]

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath rest comes from delighting in work well done.  There is no real Sabbath without real work.  Today recall the work that brought you to this day of rest and thank God for both the ability to work and the ability to rest. … [Read more...]

The Kingdom Come

The Sabbath is a time to realize the coming of God's kingdom.  Part of the reason much of Christian tradition has played down Sabbath practice is not because the Sabbath is unimportant, but because the Sabbath reality of restoration and reconciliation is to be expanded to all time.  A practice of the Sabbath is then a practice of what should be our reality Monday, Tuesday, and so on.Today spend part of your Sabbath blessing other and the creation.  In doing this we bring the world into co … [Read more...]

Turn it Off

On the Sabbath avoid anything with a power button or an ignition switch.  Live that day without digital technology and spend as much time as possible in nature.  If you feel anxiety at not having a phone or some way to update the world of your doings via Facebook or Twitter, relax.  God has done all that matters and we can simply delight in what is here, now. … [Read more...]

Achieve Nothing

The Sabbath is a day of anti-achievement.  It is a time when we have a break from all of the striving for human attainment and stop long enough to realize that we are blessed simply by being creatures made by a God who is Love.Today, don't do anything that helps you achieve anything.  Instead, take a break from trying to be successful, even successful at religion.  Realize you are loved simply in the fact that you exist. … [Read more...]

Spend No Money

Take a break from economic life and rest in the work that's already been done.  Do not spend or carry money or any means of payment.  Instead, take a day to exist in relationships outside of the money economy.  What do those relationships look like? … [Read more...]

Bring Sabbath

Today bring the rest of Sabbath to someone else.  It could be a mother struggling with a child or a business person trying to balance a busy schedule or a clergy person burdened with the problems of others.  The situations will vary, but it could be an offer to baby sit or treating someone to a meal or just asking someone to walk in a natural, calming place.  Today don't so much worry about your own rest as extending the rest of God to all.  That is what Jesus did and would do if he were you. … [Read more...]

Rest from it All

Today rest from all effort, all work, all striving.  There's nothing you have to do--just accept God's grace. … [Read more...]