Wednesday, August 4

Sabbath in the Flower

“A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.”   -- Henry Ward Beecher


Sabbath, according to scholars, is a day to rest from changing creation. To rest from being industrious. A day to step into the creation as a whole. Instead of picking the flowers, we look at them. Instead of mowing the grass, we smell it. Instead of cooking fancy meals, perhaps a simpler approach (for some of us)!

Additionally, in our resting from consuming creation, we can offer something into it. Build a Lego castle! Paint a picture. Become one with the musical instrument of your choice! It is here that the rub and tension of resting from creation while entering into creating can become a little tense. The point, scholars say, is to step away from your ordinary into something extraordinary. If it is extraordinary to enter into the creative process of painting, then do so. If it is extraordinary to cook a creation, then do so. Do so.

We are called to step away from consuming and step into un-consuming? desisting? refraining? Oddly enough, in the antonym dictionary, there is no true opposite of consuming. (Isn't that a commentary for another time?!)

Consuming uses up, takes in. The opposite, to me, is to give or a sense of generosity. Something that flows out into the world from your heart. Of course, when thinking of rules for consuming and giving, it gets bogged down in details (does consuming paint count if you're producing a work of joy?). Let go of the details and settle into gift. Into being. Into joy. For there you will find the sacred heartbeat that sustains all.







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