Sunday Blessings

18 March 2012

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"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment." — Fanny Price, Mansfield Park
The quote above perfectly describes my emotions at this moment. It is so very lovely outside — all warm and golden and sunshiney, with the slightest breeze to keep us cool. A bird chirps cheerfully in the tree to my left, then falls silent while another bird takes up the call. Whish! — a flash of wings — the little singer has gone to find refuge somewhere else. All around me, the sounds of spring are here, and I can't help but wish I could somehow bottle it all up in a jar.

I can't recall the last Sunday I was free to be outside as I am now, free to feel the wind's kiss against my cheek as it playfully blows my long hair back from my face, free to rest and enjoy the Lord's Day. That is rather sad, I think — shouldn't His day be a day of rest and refreshment in more than name? Shouldn't we spend this most blessed of days enjoying the fullness of His beauty, the wonder of His creation, the wisdom of His Word?
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." — Exodus 20:8-11
Instead of being a day set apart from the rest of the week and devoted solely to our Creator, I have found that we are often too eager to spend the Sabbath as an extra day for completing our to-do lists. We spend the entirety of these brief twenty four hours scurrying around with the same spirit with which we face the other six days. And then, come Monday morning, all we can do is groan about how exhausted we are and how unprepared we feel at the prospect of the new week.

The Lord gave us the Sabbath because He knew after a long week, we need a day of rest. He Himself rested after creating the world! Can we not set aside one day devoted to slowing down and reading and reflecting on His Word, setting our hearts and minds on Jesus as we face the coming week? If we would take this day as a time for resting, as God intended, I'm sure we would be much more prepared for the week when busy Monday rolls around. 
"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." — Psalm 118:24
How do you spend the Lord's Day?

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