Monday, October 29, 2007

A Day of Rest

I have been thinking about having a sabbath day lately. There really isn't one currently, if I am honest. I know there are differing opinions on which actual day is the sabbath but to me this isn't all that important. Simply keeping a sabbath and having a day set aside for rest from the busyness of life is important. I came across this post at Preschoolers and Peace which further fueled my thoughts.

I was wondering if anyone else keeps a sabbath day? If so, how did you come to that place and what does that day look like. I am not looking for the "right" way, just interested in learning from others and growing in my understanding. I am open to everyones thoughts as long as we are nice :o)

My husband and I have recently talked about making sure we have no unnecessary work on Sunday after church. I have typically planned school for the week on Sunday afternoon but now am working it into my week. Another goal at this point is to make sure all the laundry is done and away by Saturdays end. We are going to pre-pack for church on Sunday mornings and have any meal stuff ready to go. I have a feeling this habit is going to take me awhile to change. We have no desire to make this a law and become legalistic. The heart is to rest and in a way refocus on what is and the Lord.


Heather_in_WI said...

Since we started attending a Reformed church almost three years ago, we have slowly moved toward keeping the Sabbath.

The Shorter Catechism answers the Sabbath issue this way,

Q. 59. Which day of the seven hath God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath?
A. From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath; and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian Sabbath.

Q. 60. How is the Sabbath to be sanctified?
A. The Sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God's worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.

These were John's questions this week and last week, which is why I know this!

My pastor did a Reformed Worship series last year. Here are three of the Sabbath posts:

Ok, all of that said, I still haven't gotten to the point where my entire Sunday is spent resting from all lawful recreations and spending the whole time in public and private worship.

But, we have made a major effort to not go shopping 'just because' and to get any work done ahead of time, so that we aren't doing that on Sunday. And, in the afternoons, it has been a blessing to pick up a doctrinal book that I haven't had time during the week to delve into and give myself permission just to sit around and read it!


Heather_in_WI said...

the first blog link should end:

the second one:

and the third one:

For some reason they were cut off.

Melanie said...

Sunday seems to be the day to set aside for rest...probably because most take it easy on Sunday so the outside demands for time are fewer. When we were travelling weekly for church it was certainly not a physically restful day! We came home exhauseted and it took a full day to recover. BUT we came home resting more fully in the gospel, refreshed and eager to go back the next week.
Now that we are not travelling and having home church the day is very physically restful as we just relax and enjoy one another's company, however I really miss the refreshing we received at CW.
As a rule, I don't do chores on Sundays. No laundry, cleaning, planning, etc...I also make dinner simple. Either left-overs or hot dogs or sandwhiches!
I think both reflecting on the rest we receive from Christ from works (because He fullfilled the law on our behalf) and physically resting from the day to day grind are important.
What I think we need to guard against is making the physical rest law. Especially to the point that Saterday becomes burdensome in preparation for Sunday. Or for example if I were to forsake hospitality on Sunday because of my "no cooking today" rule.
Another thing to ponder when we consider a Sabbath Rest is that while GOD rested on the seventh day, it was actually man's first day that theye received a day of rest as they were created on the sixth day. SO, the day of rest was a FREE, UNEARNED gift from God not something they had to work for six days to earn. Some food for thought there as you consider how much extra work you need/want to take on on Saterdays to make Sunday restfull =D

Stacy said...

Yes. Our Sabbath is on Sundays... and I LOVE it. I would say it's fairly recent (within the past year, year and a half...) that we've been intentional about honoring the Sabbath.
My favorite Sabbaths are those in which we have no plans. Literally, nothing TO DO except worship and rest. I don't mean that I don't put something together for lunch or anything, but really that we don't go anywhere-- no shopping, no errands. I don't do laundry or clean and we don't do yardwork. We rest. We go to church, come home, eat lunch, have quiet times and/or naps, take a walk, play a game, read aloud or quietly... just enjoy one another and a little solitude, too. Every week I am thankful to God for His wisdom in giving us a day of rest. How He knew we needed it!
There are days we have other things going on that day-- for instance, occasionally there's a family birthday party on a Sunday afternoon-- but my favorite days are those in which I get to crawl into bed and nap or read or rest... and we get to play together as a family.
Sundays are hands-down our FAVORITE day of the week. All of us- from my two-year old up to my husband.


Mrs. "M" said...

All great input.

Heather-thanks for the links. I will definately read those as time permits in the next few weeks. The idea of sitting down with a doctrinal book....ahh what bliss. I have put doctrine reading on hold for a season becasue I was getting too intense and in away drawn away from my daily responsibilities...not sure if that makes sense. That would be a great blog post.

Melanie - as always you make me think. I had never thought about man being created on the sixth day and the seventh being the day of rest. Good encouragement not to earn that day off. And you hit the nail on the head....I could easily get caught up in over working myself on Saturday to get to Sunday. Not good my my family or me :o)

Stac - you made having a sabbath so appealing. My husband always naps Sundays if given the oppurtunity....and I confess I am the slave driver. Busted...I need to follow his lead. When I mentioned my convition about making Sunday more of a day set aside he looked so happy about it. This task oriented, list making mama can too easily go into overdrive. And I don't like feels like a waste of time. That should give you a glimpse into my personality. Pure arrogance really...God made us to sleep and be dependant on it to survive.