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Monday, March 4, 2013

Surrendering to Sabbath, slowly (a series about growth)


Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places. Leviticus 23:3 (ESV)

I no longer trying to manage Sabbath, but actually look forward to surrendering to it now.  This has absolutely become a series about growth.

Once you embrace the rebalancing of your life and schedule, things fall into place. The Word is clear. According to Wikipedia, Leviticus “rests in two crucial beliefs: the first, that the world was created "very good" and retains the capacity to achieve that state …the second, that the faithful enactment of ritual makes God's presence available…” In Theopedia, Leviticus is described as follows, “while the book of Exodus gave the directions for building the tabernacle, directing where to worship God, Leviticus now gives direction as to how to worship God.
“All of life is ceaseless worship.”
However, even in the context of
ceaseless worship, there is an
obligation to set aside the seventh day
for solemn rest.
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I am becoming a worshipper. Worship is not just the act of celebrating in the context of a church service. What is worship? One writer describes it as

…THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE

Indeed, worship is not merely an aspect of our being, but the essence of our being as God’s image-bearers. As a result, all of life is ceaseless worship.
“All of life is ceaseless worship.” However, even in the context of ceaseless worship, there is an obligation to set aside the seventh day for solemn rest.
And so, three days before, I prepare, not just practically, what we will eat, how we will spend the day, but also mentally. I feel myself stilling; growing quiet. I am coming to that peaceful rested place. Knowing that I will not write on the Sabbath, I spend time capturing my thoughts, putting words on the page, catching stray ideas. I might take notes, but Sabbath  is a tranquil day, and I celebrate quietness. Should I choose to cook that day rather than preparing before, I savor the process. I indulge in seasoning, layering on flavors. Considering how the table will be spread, the feeling I want to give those who will gather round. I am intentional.
The day before, I will be busy. I will be intentional about getting it done, in order to savor my restful place. Once you embrace the rebalancing of your life and your schedule, everything falls into place. And so I look forward to Sabbath, look forward to rest. I am a worshiper. All of it is worship. Even the quiet. And with that, I surrender…


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