Rev. Judy Zabel
The Joy of the Sabbath
What is Sabbath? How can we recapture the rhythm of life that sustains life and brings joy and peace? Wayne Muller wrote a book a few years ago called Sabbath,
Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest.
He includes this poem by Jane Kenyon which beautifully captures the essence of Sabbath rest. Take a few moments to reflect on this as you prepare for Sunday worship.
Let Evening Come
Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving'
up the bales as the sun moves down.
Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.
Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.
Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.
To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to the air in the lung
let evening come.
Let it come as it will and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.