Sunday, June 16, 2013

Complete Rest

[From April 18, 2013]

"Six days shall work be done; but the 7th day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation, you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to the LORD throughout your settlements."
(Leviticus 23:3)

"I'm so tired!"  People say it all the time, right?  We live in a busy & hectic age.  We've double-booked & over-scheduled ourselves to death (or is it just me?).  {Actually, I've noticed that as my kids have gotten older, and they chose what activities to be involved in, I'm having more "free time."}  But in general, Americans tend to push themselves towards a life of activity & doing.

Leviticus 3 was written thousands of years ago.  Inspired by the Divine, the author tells us that God doesn't want us to be busy ALL THE TIME.  We need rest.  Every seventh day should be a "sabbath of complete rest."  No work.  Just rest.

Unfortunately, over the centuries, we've corrupted that command to simply mean, "go to church once a week."  That's not exactly what God intended.  Yes, it's to be done to honor God, but it's supposed to be a DAY OF REST.  Our bodies need it.  So do our souls.  And don't feel guilty for "not getting anything done."  Enjoy it.  It's a gift.  One we truly need. 


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