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Friday August 3, 2007 4:59 pm

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by Monica Edwards Categories: Family, Personal, Religious

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Happy Sabbath everyone! Today was a full day for me as I put off doing any type of housework all week because I was channeling a sponge sitting atop a couch. I think we used every last plate, bowl, spoon, fork, and any other receptacle that could be used as a bowl, in this house. It took me over an hour to do all the dishes. I thought about just throwing everything away and buying all new. We had a friend who actually did that while he was a college student. Always had new dishes. I’m not saying much for my ability to maintain a clean house but I can cook. Does that make up for it?


I did all the necessary chores and had the downstairs (at least) looking spic and span for our weekly Bible group that meets here. I have them all fooled…haha…our house is never this clean during the week. I use the excuse of dogs and kids to take care of, so who has time for chores? No? Not a good excuse? Well, anyway, I am glad I summoned up the motivation to tidy up. It always feels so much better mentally, when you are in a clean environment. And…I managed to do it all before Sabbath, that’s a plus in my book.

I know it seems like I am just rambling, but really I do have a point for this post. And that is, I am so grateful for this day that God set aside for us. He asks us to rest on the Seventh day because we have worked hard all week (well, some of us anyway, wink, wink) and this day is for us to rest, worship, fellowship with friends, spend time with our loved ones, take time to look around at the world that is around us, and all the beauty He has created for us. It is a day to take a breath, to put aside all the stress and worries you have had all week and to just be still. It is a time He created for all of us and I am so happy that I have chosen to keep the Sabbath, because I know that I really need the break by the end of the week.

We try and get all of our work done before sundown Friday so that we can bring in the Sabbath as a family or with friends usually as we have a study almost every week. Then we focus on each other; not our emails, phone calls, t.v. shows, or any of the other distractions we have all week. It is so refreshing to have an actual conversation with friends and play with the kids without interruption.
God is so good, and I am able to focus on what should matter in this life because He gives me this time. True one could argue that if you wanted, you could take that time any day. I suppose you could, but have you ever tried to take time off during the week?  Actually taken a day off of doing any work? To focus fully on your family and friends? WIth so much to distract you, it is really hard. And the choice to observe the Sabbath can sometimes mean a sacrifice.

I worked at a retail job for almost 15 years, and if you know retail, the weekends bring in the most profit. So, there is little to no chance of getting them off. I worked weekends for almost 12 years until I became an Adventist and chose to be baptised. I made a commitment to God and part of my commitment was to not work during the Sabbath. That caused a lot of stigma with my co-workers because they had to work weekends. I asked to have Friday evenings and Saturdays off, while being available to work early in the a.m. on Fridays as long as I was scheduled off before sundown. Then I was also available to work Sundays.

At first I got the reaction of why Saturday? Why are you so special? I did not expect special treatment, as I had already made up my mind that if my request was not met, I would leave the job. They had no problem or question for someone attending church on Sunday, it was their religious right I heard. But Saturday? My co-workers thought I was just making it up. I invited them to church. A close friend of mine attended a few times so it was eventually accepted. Although my penalty was to be cut back on hours to part-time thus leading to losing my medical coverage. I was fine with it though because now I had this day, for myself, to do with as God intended when He graciously gifted it to us. I made a sacrifice for my beliefs and God has rewarded me ten-fold. I look forward to this day all week because I know that all of our energy will be spent on each other, not on the daily grind.

I wanted to share a passage with everyone to bring in the Sabbath:

Exodus 20:8-11
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

I hope you all get a time of rest and reflection this weekend…those who observe the Sabbath as well as those who do not. It is a personal choice and I never want to impose my beliefs on anyone. I will say though that God created this day for everyone not just a few select. As Andru’s family would say, Shabbat Shalom to all.


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