Sunday, September 14, 2014

sabbath.



“Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.” - Walter Brueggemann

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  1. I love this. How do you apply this to your life? Is it Sundays? Is it part of your days? Is it a season? Just curious :)

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    1. Right now Chris and I are doing our very best to protect Sundays as a day each week when we don't do anything we NEED to do or SHOULD do--only things we want to do or feel delight in. It's been wonderful to have a day when I can let go of feeling the need to accomplish and GET 'ER DONE.

      Overall, though, I also see the idea of Sabbath taking shape in a larger way in my life, in the form of this beautiful thought that no matter what I do or don't accomplish with my day, God is God and I am beloved; that my value as a person is not determined by how much I check off a to-do list or even how much I accomplish before I die.

      This is why I love to talk about the Kingdom of God. It turns everything upside-down and declares boldly, these things the world calls weak--things like resting and forgiving your enemy and giving up your privilege--are actually life-giving and freeing, even if they feel like losing or giving up, initially. So I would say the idea of Sabbath and of abandoning what Brueggemann calls the "anxiety system of Pharaoh" is also (hopefully) being reflected in larger ways in my life, beyond one quiet day a week, to important decisions about what to prioritize and pursue in life.

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