Sabbath Saturday – Resting in the Rhythm of Fall

What are you planning that will bring you rest?

Normally, I have a wonderful quote that goes along with sabbath. But today, I am going to offer my own collection of observations!

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"Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy." Hebrew Scripture, Exodus 20:8

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Root of holy:

Comes from the Old Norse word heill
Adjective heill (comparative heilli, superlative heilastur)

1.whole, in one piece
2.healthy
3.complete, entire, whole

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"Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." Hebrew Scripture, Genesis 2:3

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The rhythm of the earth models what we are taught to be true. There is a time for birth, for fullness of life, for denouement, and for dormancy. Each stage is wholly necessary for holy life. We must find a way to rest from the work that we do--a path of denouement leading to sleep. But seeing nature and the work that she does, we know that the outward appearance of death is, in truth, a time of incubation, gathering of energy, and creative inspiration that leads to the new growth of spring. I wonder what G*d was really doing during this "resting" period?! If nature is a model, then there was some divine energy being gathered! But this new thing, new creation, is not possible without rest. And so it is with us. We must rest. Without a period of rest, of setting aside time for wholiness (misspelling intentional!), we will not be able to become holy. My prayer for you is that you find a time to slow down so that you may, with wholeness, begin again.

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© 2013, post and photo, Terri Stewart

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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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