Holy days and holidays

By Rick James

It’s strange that the Sabbath is the only commandment we feel it is OK to break. We are just too busy. But as Corrie ten Boom warned: ‘Busy is not just a disordered schedule, it is a disordered heart’.

The Sabbath is key to cultivate a spirit of rest. Rest is not an optional extra. It is built into the way we are made. Sabbath rest is like the law of gravity. We cannot ignore it. Depending on how we respond, it will either come as disappointment (through stress, broken relationships, burn-out) or delight.

It’s not surprise then that God commands us to set aside one day a week as holy. This is not about merely swapping domestic chores for office chores. Keeping the Sabbath is about making space to do the things that restore our souls; that bring us delight – not just going to church, but also having fun with family and friends. To help him decide how to use his time on the Sabbath, church leader John Mark Comer asks himself two questions: “Is this worship? Is this rest?”

For some in North America and Europe, the ‘holiday’ season is approaching, but wherever we are, let’s create a healthy habits of keeping Holy days.

One comment

  1. “Is this worship? Is it rest?” Sabbath, whichever day of the week it is in our circle of faith, is now commonly an exhausting day, even for (or more especially, for) those who are passionate about worship?. In a job that involves assignments out of station, the weekend usually is for the travelling, hardly with compensating rest day. How can one influence an employer in such a setting?

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