God at the Centre (27 January 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day – not you, your children, your slaves, your animals, or the foreigners who live in your towns. In six days I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That’s why I made the Sabbath a special day that belongs to me. 

(Exodus 20. 8-11)

Reflect: 

The Jews understood Sabbath as a 24hr period of rest that had a different rhythm of life to the rest of the week. Sabbath reminds us that life is not all about productivity, work and consumption and so God commands a time set apart from regular life to help us remember that there is a God at the centre of the universe, and it isn’t us.   

Respond: 

Try to make this a day or time of rest. Take a nap if possible; turn off your mobile phone if you can, fast from media if that helps. Get some exercise, eat well, enjoy some fresh air – above all be aware of the goodness of God on this day.

 

Midday Meditation:

“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)

Evening Reflection:

It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, Lord Most High!
It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are.
I enjoy praising your name to the music of harps, because everything you do makes me happy, and I sing joyful songs.  (From Psalm 92)

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