Have you noticed that how we think of time has changed since the coronavirus pandemic began? These changes got me thinking about the Sabbath. If keeping Sabbath means intentionally interrupting our ordinary days with sacred, holy time, how do we observe the Sabbath in these no-longer-ordinary, pandemic days?
Keeping Sabbath is much more than setting aside one day each week. It’s a way of living. “A Sabbath heart is restful even in the midst of unrest and upheaval. It is attentive to the presence of God and others even in the welter of much coming and going, rising and falling. It is still and knows God even when the mountains fall into the sea.” So writes author Mark Buchanan in his book The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath.
We’ve got bucketloads of unrest and upheaval in our lives right now. I can’t help but think: We could better face all the unrest and upheaval with Sabbath hearts.
This message is excerpted from “Sabbath-keeping” by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the April 2021 Gather magazine.
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