Sabbath – A.J. Heschel

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Sabbath is a time of rest – enjoying the presence of friends, family, and the LORD. Set apart for that which is eternal. I pray that you have a wonderful sabbath rest!

The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.

AJ Heschel

The Sabbath

Blessing and Sabbath (3.26)

Come in peace, crown of G_d,

Come with joy and cheerfulness,

Amidst the faithful, precious people…

Come, Beloved, meet the bride.

With wisdom Thou openest the gates of heaven…

Thou changest times…

Thou rollest away darkness before light…

Thou makest the distinction between day and night.

As read in Abraham Heschel’s, The Sabbath (pgs. 68, 69)

 

Growing up in the Protestant church I heard the term Sabbath quite a bit – though as a child I assumed it must be one of the most difficult things to obtain – I always heard the adults around me asking each other if they even had a Sabbath. What is this thing that people were trying to posses?

Some people were able to capture this elusive creature – but only rarely…and often, I gathered, for not very long. It seemed to me that a Sabbath needed to be wrangled pretty securely so as not to allow it to get away. Other people were just defeated and gave up ever trying to catch their own.

I knew that G_d commanded each person to have a Sabbath – we were even to make sure that everyone else around us had one as well. How could I distribute these, obviously, slippery fellas to everyone around me when I had never seen one in person?

This all became even more confusing when I’d read that even Jesus, seemingly, had great difficulty treating his Sabbath correctly!

As I got older and discovered that, though the Sabbath is elusive, slippery, difficult to obtain, and for everyone, it is one of the most beautiful things the LORD ever created. A place in time to just sit with the Father – to lean back against Him – to breathe in His presence – to give up building my kingdom for a day in order to find rest in His.

I pray that you would find the place in time that G_d has set aside for you and that you may know its abundance and share it with all those that surround you.