Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Exodus 20:8 (The Message)
Eyes slowly open. Clock says 4:30. Toss, turn, try to slip back into sleep. Now it's 5:30. A peek out the window shows the night is slowly turning to day. Light is changing. On the cusp of a new day. And then it comes to me. It's Sunday, the Sabbath day, the holiest of days in the week.
"Up," I tell my mind and my body. Enough time until the clock goes off to sit quietly and think on this day. My mind wanders to childhood memories of Sundays, a time when family truly honored the Sabbath, a day of rest as ordained by God in the verse of Scripture above.
In my family, Sundays were all about worship, Sunday School classes, and family time. The most menial of tasks were allowed but there were things that weren't allowed because it was Sunday. As children, we weren't allowed to go roller skating, attend a movie, play board games or cards, and as a young girl, I wasn't allowed to do any sewing or needlework as that could be defined as "work" and not a part of the rest we were supposed to be observing. It was confusing because mom cooked and cleaned up in the kitchen, but dad explained that this was a necessity of life and that it wasn't work in the same sense of the word.
Despite all the invisible scars left behind by my dysfunctional home life and at the hands of my mom, I'm so pleased that this gift of the Sabbath was passed along by my parents to me. I still look on my Sunday as Sabbath. I try my best to treat it as my day of quiet and rest along with my husband. We may engage in some pleasant activity, such as a concert at a local church, but beyond that we limit ourselves to time at home or in nature taking in God's creation.
Soon, another week begins. How will you observe your Sabbath?