Sunday, March 6, 2011

sabbath everyday...

sabbath rest.
i used to wonder what that meant,
and i still don’t know,
fully.
but i think it is the opposite of
fear
striving
sweating
analyzing
rationalizing
agonizing —

perhaps it is closer to
accepting
yielding
surrendering
receiving
loving —

and being loved

"There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his"  —Hebrews 4: 9-10


linking to michelle at graceful

14 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photo, beautiful words, Leslie. I think you're right, but I think we should accept, yield, surrender, receive, and love every day.
Not that I do it, but I'd like to be able to do it, every day. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Amy Sullivan said...

Just recently I thought about how I do the complete oppossite of resting on the sabbath. Instead, I use Sundays to "strive and sweat". I try to cram everything in that I didn't get finished over the weekend.

I am in much need of more yielding and accepting.

Leslie said...

I guess I was thinking more of an everyday Sabbath rest. The rest of grace in the everyday...

Graceful said...

I like your twist on the Sabbath concept here, Leslie. I haven't thought about the respite, the peace, that grace brings in the everyday. I know it's offered...but I rarely accept it.

You are inspiring me to think tonight!

Thanks for linking up, friend...

Jodi said...

I read something really cool about the meaning of Sabbath rest. When I remember where I saw it, I'll share it with you. But I like what you wrote, and I think you're right.

tcsoko said...

What lovley words to describe the sabbath - it makes me long for rest that only comes from God.

Kamana said...

i especially like the bit about loving and being loved. that is what life is all about, isnt it?

Tracy said...

Much food for thought here, Leslie... Love is they key for me. Love is the essence of all. It sustains everything else. I try to dwell and "operate" in a state of love at all times. To love and be loved, that is the greatest gift of life, isn't it? :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Nancy said...

Sabbath is a hard concept for me--I've always come at it sort of legalistically, thinking about the things I shouldn't be doing. It's hard to set striving aside and receive Sabbath as a gift. Lovely thoughts here, Leslie.

Francesca said...

I like your way of reading into the meaning of sabbath. I think you must be right.

keLi said...

yes, ma'am, to this. i'm studying with you ... feel like my life would feel lighter if i could figure this out.

i once heard a sermon on Rest where the pastor looked at the 23rd Psalm and the phrase "he makes me lie down." at the time i couldn't think of anything but the fights i have with my 3 year-old about napping, but there's a higher reality in which i am the three year-old. :)

enjoyed your post ... will pray for your mom.

deb colarossi said...

I love how you framed this . Yes.
It's important to just be instead of do.
But not easy.

B. Meandering said...

I like the way you set this up--the photo is lovely and the words poignant.
I have fond memories of restful Sunday afternoons after a big family dinner. Then we'd have a sandwich supper and head off to evening church. I did some of my best reading on Sunday afternoons.

I really like your interpretation--it's thought provoking, yet soothing. Good one, Les.

Connie Mace said...

"accepting
yielding
surrendering
receiving
loving — and being loved"

...yes...such peace in yielding to GOD...it's never about what we can do for Him...just walking in what He's done for us...beautiful post Leslie