In the Hebrew Scriptures, the story of creation ends with rest and appreciation – a sabbath day. The message is clear: the world will survive for one day without “God” creating or doing anything.
The teaching here is less about God and more about sabbath – the importance of sabbath, and the fact that sabbath is a part of the very order of the universe.
But in our go-go social-media-driven, twenty-four-hour news culture, resting can be difficult.
Author John Ortberg tells the story of moving to Chicago and calling a friend for some spiritual direction. Ortberg says, “I described the pace at which things tend to move in my current setting. I told him about the rhythms of our family life and about the present condition of my heart, as best I could discern it. What did I need to do, I asked him, to be spiritually healthy?”
There was a long pause.
“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life,” he said at last.
There was another long pause.
“Okay, I’ve written that one down,” Ortberg told him, a little impatiently. “That’s a good one. Now what else is there?” Ortberg was busy and he had many things to do, and he was anxious to cram as many units of spiritual wisdom into the least amount of time possible.
Another long pause.
“There is nothing else,” Ortberg’s friend told him. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
Friends, on October 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., we are intentionally creating a multi-generational space to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives. We will slow down, eat together (bring a dish to share), rest together, engage in spiritual practices together, listen to music together, and worship together. People of all ages will rest and renew their spirits together on Sabbath Sunday.
I’ll see you there.
Rev. Justin Schoeder
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