17 October 2009

Almighty God rested, and so should we!

A Collect for Saturdays
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all you works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For many of us, Saturday is not a day of Sabbath (rest), but rather a day of rushing around, getting to do lists done, cleaning houses and apartments, doing shopping, catching up from the week. Families have scheduled events for children and adults, sports and arts activities, and all the rest! It can be quite hard to even take a deep breath, but God does provide us rest, and it is up to us to take it. Making time to schedule "open time," "down time," and even "unscheduled time" is so essential in our rapidly paced world. I am reminded that without local, state, and federal protections, we might not have open spaces for parks, likewise, we need to designate time for Sabbath, even amidst our swirling lives and stuffed schedules.

I was recently given the gift of time for Sabbath, retreat, and refreshment along with other clergy at the Diocese of Virginia's conference center at Shrine Mont. I've posted a few pictures from that Sabbath time.

Hoping that we all take time for Sabbath today,

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