I’m old enough to remember an old-fashioned Sunday. One where there were few stores (if any) open. One where Sunday meant a dinner that encompassed a ‘spread’ like a roast of chicken or beef, creamy mashed potatoes, vegetables, homemade rolls and butter, gravy and an intricate dessert. Then, after eating, you would visit with your family (Sunday’s meant families near and far would try to get together). You would play games, sit on the porch, and catch up on all the news of the week.
Sunday was for church and rest…in that order.
We have lost ‘Sunday’ in our world.
We have no ‘rest’ and we have only ourselves to blame. Thanks to the cell phones and internet, men and women are on call twenty-four hours a day (whereas that only be the case for police, fire, and doctors!) Even in church, you have reminders to turn cell phones off. In fact, one time I attended a Good Friday service and someone’s cell phone was blaring…but that is a topic for another day!
Just what are we missing on Sunday’s now?
Let’s look at today’s reading. Exodus 20:8-11-Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Hallowed—to consider sacred or make holy.
Just think, even God designed Himself a day off! Now, I’m sure He needed it. He’d been pretty busy designing the earth and its animals and people. He set aside this time to sit; to ponder and meditate; to ‘enjoy’ the results of His creation.
He set aside Sunday as holy. A time for ‘renewal’ of the body and spirit. A time to become closer with what is meaningful. A time for everyone…the stranger, the servants, the laborers, the wealthy, the poor, the citizen, the leaders—and all that in them IS were to follow God’s example and rest.
We all need the renewal of a complete ‘day off’. By no loonger ‘hallowing’ the Sabbeth we are losing a lot…
Remember the Sabbeth and consider it holy. You can get by doing your errands, shopping, etc. in six days. Try it. You may find that carving out Sunday as a hallowed day will truly change you!