Last week's readings had a lot to say about sabbath. From Isaiah we heard:
" 13If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; 14then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." - Isaiah 58.13-14
And then Jesus, teaching on the sabbath, then heals on the sabbath. He refuses to wait another day to release a woman from her crippling disease.
But rarely do we call the sabbath a delight. Rarely do we honor the sabbath as a time fro releasing the captive. Instead, if we are concerned about it at all, it is just one more rule to follow.
This week, take the time to rest. By doing so, we learn the difficult, wonderful lesson that God is in control and we are not. We learn our own dependence on God and each other. We learn that we can rest, because God has already done everything. We learn to stop trusting in ourselves. Even if it is just a nap, take time for rest.
Take the time to read this poem by Wendell Berry (scroll to the bottom of the page) for more on the joy of the sabbath.