Invitation: Observing Personal Sabbath

Our call to “take time to be holy” warrants consideration, intention, conversation, and celebration, particularly whenever we practice the ultimate sabbath objective to pray and play on a weekly basis. In most weeks of our personal, professional, educational, social, and retired lives, we generally appear to be enslaved by schedules, technology, and more that suggest there is no good or right time to be still with God; that a “stop” period is impossible.

Not including Sunday, we are presented with an invitation to seize small, medium, and large periods of time to nurture our spirituality. Recently, I have been reminded by my spiritual director, family, and friends of the importance of taking time for sabbath, while equally aware that the if, when, and how for such will be different for all people.

Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, encourages our individual call to make sabbath by the meditative practice of subtracting one word at a time from Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know that I. Be still and know that. Be still and know. Be still and. Be still. Be.”

If you are interested in the notion of sabbath and able to attend the 9:30 am Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, January 29, Senior Warden, Bert Miano and I will reflect on the invitation to observe weekly times for rest and renewal, and wish to learn about your own spiritual journeys.

God’s blessings and peace as each of us is called to try.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector