Sabbath

Sabbath: “One of the specific choices among the values of the christian community is the embracing of time instead of space. We must return to the question of how we in our busy lives can afford to spend a whole day in Sabbath ceasing, resting embracing and feasting when it seems we don’t have enough time to do what has to be done.  Surrounded as we are by the rapid pace of too much change, we think we cannot set aside such time. However, when we take the day to assess our use of time, we learn what is important in all those changes and how to prioritize our tasks and desires so that we aren’t overcome by the tyranny of the urgent. We must develop an objective perspective (rather than thinking we are “out of time”) to assess the quality of our days. This perspective has many aspects, but one of the foremost is the deliberate decision to focus on events in time with persons rather than using time to acquitre or acomplish things.”

Marva J. Dawn, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, p 119

 


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