Sabbath Saturday-Finding Rest

Are you able to find a place of rest today?

And make it a place of wholeness?

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“When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness," the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.” ― Thomas Merton

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What is Sabbath and why is this post on Saturday? Sabbath is the time that is set aside, scripturally, to rest from work and to make the day holy (Genesis 2:1-3). Traditionally, this goes from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Why sundown to sundown? Because Genesis 1:3 states that there was evening and then there was morning that first day. In early Christian tradition, many followers of Jesus were from Jewish communities that would observe Sabbath and Temple tradition on Friday/Saturday and they had to figure out how/when to do their Christian worship. A day for Jewish holiness and a day for Christian holiness and resurrection celebration is generally viewed as the way things developed over time.

So the questions or points are: How do we find a day of rest? How do we make it holy? The same root word for holy as is used to develop the word health. So maybe another way of looking at the question is--how do we find healing? 

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© post, Terri Stewart

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