Pastor's Weekly Message

Perhaps it is the graying sky or the persistent rain, but I find today to be the perfect stage to do nothing. Today is that day that seems to beckon me to push back from my desk, walk away from the to-do list, place the do not disturb sign on the door knob, and find solace in a good book, a hot cup of coffee, and the warmth of a soft blanket. 

Isn’t it amazing how often we talk ourselves out of these moments? Certainly "adulting" requires a significant amount of attention to responsibilities; and no, this is not the permission slip you can show your supervisor that would give you the rest of the day off. But what about those days and times when we could have stepped back and stepped away, and we convinced ourselves that doing so was irresponsible or bordering on laziness?

The word Sabbath is mentioned approximately 137 times in the Old and New Testaments and in its Hebrew origin means rest. And though it is rooted biblically, we culturally reject the concept until and unless our bodies reach the point of absolute collapse and we have no other alternative.

Sabbath is not just the resting of our body, but also rest of our minds, souls, and spirits from the assaults of the world, to have the space to step away and apart, to hear God speaking to us, filling and feeding us in ways that cannot happen while we are on the run.

Sabbath is intentional and purposeful, not the coincidental pause in the midst of a busy day. But since we must start somewhere, a momentary pause to refocus and breathe, to invite God’s presence into the moment, is as good a place to begin as any.

So even if you can’t take leave the rest of the day, even if you can’t get out of your shift as carpool parent, find a moment to put yourself in spiritual “timeout” and let God rejuvenate your soul.

See you Sunday.
~ Pastor Pat