Friday, February 06, 2009

Happy Sabbath!

(Exodus 20:8-11 NRSV) Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work--you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Creative Ideas for Sabbath Celebration

Light a special candle just for the Sabbath

Take a walk, alone or with family members

Do something special for yourself like taking a nap or a bubble bath

Leave the computer, television and telephone off

Do a Bible Study, alone or with family members

Make a Sabbath meal and take time to savor it

Write a list of your spiritual gifts or ways you have been blessed

Play a game with your children or do a fun craft together

Visit an elderly or disabled person and bring them a meal

Make cards for the sick, shut-ins, or military personnel

Volunteer at a local homeless shelter

Do a kind deed for a neighbor

The above are just some ideas out of many. It is my intention to get you thinking of ways that the Sabbath can be special for you and your family. We are still learning in our home as well. We discovered the Sabbath later in life with only three children still at home that are teens. It can be challenging to get everyone to slow down and savor this wonderful gift from God. I will continue to share our discoveries, triumphs, and failures throughout our journey.



momgen said...

Happy Sabbath to you too. Happy weekend...

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

You have some really good suggestions here! I gave you an award at


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