"Are you tired? Worn out? ... Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace ... " Matthew 11:28-30, The MessageI am passionate about the practice of Sabbath. It's an important spiritual discipline in my life. It first started when I was in college and I struggled with feeling defined by the things that I did (mainly school work, studying and such). I started practicing Sabbath to remember who I was ... a child of God; a daughter and a sister; a friend; a person who could just be and the world wouldn't stop.
- I've been to the movies with friends ... twice
- I've been out to eat with friends ... multiple times
- I've watched movies on my couch ... five and counting
- I've finished two knitting projects and started two new ones
- I've slept in late and relaxed
- I've read and read and read ... completing four books with three more in the works
and I've become bored with this abundance of time. I've still got half a week until classes start up again.
And I'm wondering about the practice of Sabbath: What about those six days of work? How does not having that change the unforced rhythms of grace? What's the distinction between Sabbath and free time?