I was amused as I prepared for this morning, because it can be challenging for a Christian pastor to preach about Sunday as Sabbath or a day of rest. It is the primary and most visible workday of our week, but we also had the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly this week.
The Sabbath, thankfully, is not restricted to a certain calendar day of the week; however, we are still called to take a day of sabbath (rest) weekly.
- The Israelites and modern Jewish adherents observe Friday (sundown) until Saturday (sundown) as Sabbath.
- Muslim adherents observe Friday as Sabbath.
- Christian adherents tend to observe Sunday as Sabbath.
Thus, I was amused as I prepared because Saturday is often my sabbath and the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly was Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Thus, the Sunday a year that sabbath rest is our scriptural focus there was no sabbath rest at hand for me. I wonder if other clergy found it amusing as well.
We, as people of faith, have this mandate or commandment to ‘take a weekly day of rest’, BUT how many of us hold to it?
I literally see two hands. It is interesting to note, it is the youngest among us who are receiving their sabbath rest. (These were ages 3 and 7).
As I pondered our lack of sabbath rest, a song came to mind. Read the rest of this entry »