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This week’s rhythm comes from the book Soul Cravings by Erwin McManus.  This excerpt talks about a common reality among so many of us.

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“There are cravings within me… that pull on me like an addiction.  They have always been with me and have even at times tormented me.  They go far deeper than any physical addiction ever could.  Beyond my flesh, beyond my mind, beyond my heart, there seems to be a place where my deepest and most powerful cravings lie.  And they do not lie silently.  My soul, it seems, always desires and demands, and no matter how I try to satisfy it, it always craves more.  No, not more, but something I can’t seem to understand.”

It seems to me that too often Sabbath has been viewed as a distinguishing mark for Seventh-day Adventist’s from other Christians. When we view Sabbath like this it says more about our set of religious beliefs and less about what Sabbath can be like. We rob the Sabbath of all that makes it sacred, holy and beautiful-a day that transcends all reality and yet is embraced in time. I have been trying to making sense of Sabbath in a way that is meaningful for the last several years and I have come to the conclusion that the miracle of Sabbath is that Sabbath brings Shalom, Restoration and reconciliation(among other things). So for now let’s let the phrases “You must keep the Sabbath holy” or “You must not break the Sabbath” subside and think about Sabbath in the following words that I read in the book Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.

“Sabbath is taking a day a week to remind myself that I did not make the world and that it will continue to exist without my efforts.

Sabbath is a day when my work is done, even if it isn’t.

Sabbath is a day when my job is to enjoy. Period.

Sabbath is a day when I am fully available to myself and those I love most.

Sabbath is a day when I remember that when God made the world, he saw that it was good.

Sabbath is a day when I produce nothing.

Sabbath is a day when I remind myself that I am not a machine.

Sabbath is a day when at the end I say, “I didn’t do anything today,” and I don’t add, “And I feel so guilty.”

Sabbath is a day when my phone is turned off, I don’t check my email, and you can’t get a hold of me. (Velvet Elvis 117-118)”