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Sabbath is a method or a value more than it is a rigid recipe or fixed practice.
Our human spirits have a finite capacity to carry stress, issues and problems.
I had the privilege of previewing Senator Lieberman’s new book on the sabbath and it convicted this too-busy Baptist that a “weekly” Sabbath of rest is an important biblical concept.
When it comes to rest, God leads by example.
The Sabbath grew from the conviction that things need not be as they are.
The Sabbath rest, if really practiced, is not duty, but the product of passion and intellect. Such rest waits for the deeper things of God.
What was once the Holy Sabbath is now the weekend
The believers’ habit of passing off ‘emotional and psychological well-being’ under the label of ‘spirituality’ is an attempt to claim this kind of well-being as, at heart, a religious phenomenon.
At ten-years-old, while still an Orthodox Jew, I wondered why an all-powerful God had to take a day off each week to rest.
Shabbat is the goal of the work week, not the pause that makes a week more productive.
Rest, vacation, R&R -- call it what you will, it’s very important to keeping an even keel. But the benefits are psychological, and to some degree physiological. They’re not spiritual.
Instead of thinking of time away from routine obligations as merely escape, think of it as the freedom to contemplate the nature and harmony of the things of the spirit, and to experience the rewarding effect such a state of thought can have on your attitude and health.