Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Sabbath Rediscovered
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A forum for discussing matters of moment, from a curmudgeonly perspective. (The ideas posted here do not necessarily represent those of any organization with which I am a part). Rude and insulting remarks will not be published, but civil disagreement is welcome.
For one of my learning contracts here at the Seminary I am utilizing the gift of Sabbath. It has been life refreshing and altering. I only wish I had started doing it sooner!
My only qualm with the article was this idea of the "secular sabbath". It is my understanding from such books as Celebrating the Sabbath by Bruce Ray and others that it is not as though I am "taking my Sabbath" on Sunday but rather God has given me/us the Sabbath as a gift. We are to use it in remembrance of the divine rest after Creation. We do not have Sabbath to prepare for the week, but rather the week to prepare for the Sabbath.
Moreso, given Jesus' assertion that he is the Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5), I'm not sure how a non-Christian can truly partake in this gift for the truest bestowed meaning from God.
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