June 24, 2022
On the seventh day – with the canvas of the cosmos completed – God paused from His labor and rested. (Genesis 2:2 The VOICE)
God paused from the labor of creation and rested on the seventh day. That was so significant a fact that the second of the Ten Commandments given to the recently freed Hebrew slaves was this, “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day,” (Exodus 20:8-11 The Message).
I grew up when the Blue Laws were still in force in PA. Stores and movie theaters were closed on Sunday. We survived without those conveniences. In fact, we were probably better off. We spent time with family, played games, enjoyed Sunday drives and walks, and even napped. Those days are ancient history, and so is that slower pace of life for at least one day a week.
It is arrogant to think I can get away without rest when even God paused and rested. I will be at a family reunion and then a family vacation from June 24 through July 2. I cannot wait to walk on the beach, watch the sunrise and sunset over the ocean and bay, and rest. I am going to listen that the ancient wisdom and take a break.
I will post again on July 4.
On vacation, with gratitude. ~ Anne