~Photo: Linda Fouquet
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
~ Etty Hillesum
(Dutch Jewish writer who died at Auschwitz, 1914-1943)
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Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.
~ Walter Brueggemann
(American Old Testament scholar and theologian, b. 1933)
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So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
~ Genesis 2:3
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The Eternal is my shepherd, who cares for me always,
who provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water;
who soothes my fears; making me whole again.
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The whole point of Sabbath – rest – is to cease working in order to be refreshed and renewed. It’s a mandate, not an optional activity. It’s also for our benefit.
When will you rest today?
You might consider writing in a journal or sharing what you experienced.
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I am almost ready to rest from my labors on Daily Word, which means it will soon be available for you! We are taking full advantage of all kinds of technology for this little project. To think that, prior to the printing press, everything was painstakingly done by hand, only elevates the commitment and care of all those scribes and calligraphers of ancient texts.
In honor of Labor Day, may you enjoy rest from your labors and the pleasure of good company!