The words, they wash over me, they instantly soothe me. The week is over. My work is done. Now is a time of rest.
“This is the Lord’s Day, let us welcome it in joy and PEACE. Today we set aside the concerns of the week that we may honor the Lord and celebrate His Resurrection. Today we cease from our work in order to worship God and remember the eternal life to which He has called us.”
I know that on any given Saturday night these same words are being said in almost every time zone, in English, Spanish, French, German, Tagalog, Hindi, and more. I know that around the world there are children wondering if the prayers will ever finish so they can eat the sabbath bread, men are praying with great exuberance, and there are many women secretly praying that dinner won’t burn/get cold/dry out while the prayers are being said. I also know that there are youth experiencing God for the very first time, as well as many friends and strangers being welcomed into homes.
Some of my earliest memories are of Saturday nights. The house has been cleaned from top to bottom, it is filled with the smell of fresh bread, my mother is cooking the yummiest meal of the week, we are all dressed a little nicer, and the guests are about to arrive. The words have stayed with me through childhood, college, mission trips, living in Mexico, summers in Detroit, until now, when I am teaching these very same words to my own children.
Between a husband, two young children (and another one on the way), working, and trying to keep up a house, it can be hard to take the time to rest. I will admit, we do not say the “official” prayers every week, but I have learned that I have to take a day to rest and honor the Lord every week or my life does not go right. Keeping the Sabbath gives me PEACE.
Sunday is a day about BEING. We can get so wrapped up in DOING that we forget WHOSE we are. Sunday is a day of WORSHIP, a day that is not about ME, what I can do, what I can accomplish, how I can provide for my needs. It is a day where we intentionally take time to WORSHIP, and rest in Him.
The keeping of the Sabbath is just as much a gift to man as it is a gift to God.
I love Sundays. It is the one day I just get to BE. It is a day that I get to cease from all work without feeling an ounce of guilt! Instead, I spend a little more time with God. I talk a little more with my husband. I get to love and play with my children. Those are the day’s priorities. They center me, they bring our family closer together, and most of all, closer to God.
“Brothers and sisters, this is the Lord’s Day, let us welcome it in joy and PEACE. Today we set aside the concerns of the week that we may honor the Lord and celebrate His Resurrection. Today we cease from our work in order to worship God and remember the eternal life to which He has called us.”
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The Lord’s Day prayers that we use: http://www.umich.edu/~ucoum/resource/lordsday.html
Some of my favorite Sabbath breads: