“The sabbath was made for man,” as a day of rest and refreshment for the body and of blessing to the soul. (Ex. 16:23)
I am not going to discuss the history of the Sabbath. I am not going to argue about the rules that have been applied to this practice by various religions. I am going to honor the idea that our bodies need rest and refreshment and our souls need blessing!
What is the purpose of establishing a rhythm to our lives. Our days are marked by the rising and setting of the sun. Our months are organized by the cycles of the moon. Our seasons are determined by the rotation of our earth which produces more or less warm and daylight. An oversimplification, but the idea is that the Universe organizes our time for us. We have done everything to move away from its natural order for our day.
What if we rose with the sun and set ourselves to rest with its setting?
What if we ate foods that were from our natural environment at the season when they are ripe and ready?
What if we intentionally rested from every aspect of our lives?
- Resting our digestive systems by fasting.
- Resting our muscles by not working.
- Resting our brains by entering into a meditative state.
- Resting our voices by honoring silence.
- Resting our eyes by sleeping.
We would enjoy the blessing of our soul.