Conntecting the Dots

Keeping the Sabbath

Sundays were respected as a day of rest when I was a kid. The Sabbath was different than other days—no one in our family worked, other than those who prepared meals and helped with kitchen cleanup. My folks usually retired for an afternoon nap after lunch, and me? Well, I wrote letters or read and wished Mom and Dad wouldn’t sleep so long ‘cause the silence spelled b-o-r-i-n-g to me.

Boredom ended when my parents woke. If the weather was good, we’d pile into the car and take an afternoon drive or visit the nearby fast-food restaurant and buy soft ice cream cones. If we were really lucky, we’d take home a jug of root beer, too. In winter, we’d welcome guests or we’d ride our snowmobile until our noses froze. Yes, Sundays were different from the other days, and they were good.

Sunday as the Sabbath changed face for me after I married and moved to Nepal. In that culture, we worked six days per week, with Saturday being the day off. At first I felt like a traitor to my faith. Celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday? Really? If I was to be effective in that setting, it meant being flexible so I soon learned that regardless which day we refrained from physical labor, the principle remained the same: we worked six days and rested one.

Scripture contains many references to the Sabbath. Take these verses, for instance:

“Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interest on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the LORD’s holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. Then the LORD will be your delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the LORD, have spoken!” (Isaiah 58:13,14)

God knows what’s best for us. He knows we need physical rest. And He knows we need time to withdraw from the rush. Let’s regard the Sabbath as His gift to us. Let’s respect it, enjoy it, and be grateful for the time to refocus and be refreshed.

How do you spend the Sabbath? Any insights you’d like to share?

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2 Responses to “Keeping the Sabbath”

  1. Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

    Hi Grace,

    Your story about Sundays growing up is so very similar to mine. Even to the stop for ice cream after that leisurely drive through the countryside.

    For me, I like the opportunity to be more quiet, to have time focus inward and upward, getting my focus back in perspective (His) after a busy week!

    BTW I was one of the faces in the crowd at the recent InScribe conference. I sooo enjoyed your talks. I could feel His dew on so very many words you shared. I know they watered lots… even things I didn’t realize ‘needed’ watering. Thanks for being a part of our weekend.

    Wishing you blessings in return………… May you catch many more glimpses of heaven in unexpected places!


    • Grace

      Hi Brenda! So glad you were able to attend Inscribe and glad you found it helpful. All the best in your writing journey, wherever it may lead! Keep me posted 🙂


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