Sabbath Thoughts - My Wake

Monday, February 25, 2013

Thanks to Shelly, and her Surrendering to Sabbath Society, I've been thinking about that very thing lately: surrendering to a Sabbath rest. 

It makes me kind of frustrated.

How is a mom of two young boys, wife to a busy husband, and over-booked lady herself, supposed to spend a day resting? 

How can she not?

What I've discovered, so far, is that Sabbath is an attitude, more than any one action. It is a purposeful seeking of rest and rejuvenation. (It doesn't mean I find it, but I am seeking.) It is a thoughtful "no" to many of life's demands, if just for one day. This is what it has looked like for me:

Leave the bed unmade.
Leave the clothes in the hamper.
Lay on the couch with the children.
Attempt a nap. Fail.
Sit outside and watch them play in the backyard.
Leave my phone in my purse (for most of the day).
Talk to my husband.
Read a book.
Cook a healthy dinner.
Eat together.

These aren't radical changes. It may look like your normal day. It was a day full of conscientious actions, for me.

My goal, for now, is to savor a certain slowness on Sunday afternoons. It requires balance. I don't want to sabotage the rest of my week. (If no one has clean clothes on Monday, that's no good, but if they are a little bit wrinkled, okay.) At the same time, don't want to miss the peace that comes from slowing. The waters behind me are choppy, I've discovered, when I run on full speed, all the time. That goes for my entire family. I don't want our Sunday to look like every other day, except we rushed out the door to church instead of to school or work. So I'm working to slow us on Sundays, to reflect on the week behind, to prepare for the week ahead, to allow the waters to calm, to make room for God to work. Not that he can't work in swirling waters - he can, of course. But he asks me to slow down. For that reason alone, I should.

That's what I'm working on this Lenten season. What about you?

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Michele for Hear It/Use It

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4 Responses to “Sabbath Thoughts - My Wake”

  1. I like the idea of Surrendering to the Sabbath. It's hard for me to do it and I never feel like I'm doing it right, but I'm trying to be more conscience of it. I feel like I need this one day to take a break and breathe a little, and hopefully this will set me up for a more productive week.

  2. Shelly's challenge has been good for me as it finally got me from thinking about Sabbath to practicing it more.

    love your sentence: Sabbath is an attitude, more than any one action.

    I too have to define what Sabbath looked like to me and that really did help in taking the first step. Unplugging was my hardest thing to do but am now finding it easier each week and actually looking forward to time away from my addiction of cell phones and computers.

    Good post!

  3. I am working on not multi-tasking and I am failing pretty miserably. But, I am learning and God is patient.

  4. My parents were very strict about the Sabbath. Church,dinner,naps, church, home, bed. No games, no walks, nothing! When we were older we could read. It's funny, but I enjoyed the change of pace. I still try to observe a Sabbath but it's a bit less strict. But that nap--oh yeah, I'm religious about it. When our children were little my husband and I took turns being on duty. It worked for us.