We just returned from a family trip to New Hampshire to attend the wedding of my brother-in-law and his beautiful bride.  It was a very nice to spend a few days with family, and the location was beautiful on the shores of Lake Webster in Franklin, New Hampshire.  Our brother-in-law and his bride had rented a rambling house with plenty of rooms for everyone and lots of space for all of us to eat our meals and socialize.  There were also many activities for all including kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, etc.  Plus, my brother-in-law had a brand-new pontoon boat in which he took several of the family members out for fishing and tubing.  It was a great time in an amazing location and a good time to get away.  Although the trip up and back was a little challenging, taking two days of driving each way, it was still a great trip.  We broke up the driving, seeing Niagara Falls on the way up at the end of the first day on the way there, and seeing West Point toward the end of the first day driving back, visiting many of the places where we had formed great memories in five years living there.

It was certainly good to have the trip.  People need such breaks to get refreshed, to get away, and to get a new attitude.  Moreover, it is always wonderful to have time to spend with our nuclear family, me, my wife, my son, and our three daughters, as well as all of our extended family on my wife’s side.  We certainly need those connections with family because they are an important part of who we all are.  And God has made us to need such times of rest and refreshing.  This is part of the reason why God has set aside the Sabbath, a day each week in which we rest from our normal routine and spend times of refreshing, resting, time with family, and time worshipping in His House, our local church.  The most important rest and refreshing comes from time with God.  He is the only one who can refresh our spirits, take away the sting of our concerns, and put His Peace, His Power, His Strength, and His Wisdom within us so that we have the power to face our challenges.  And time alone with Him daily as well as the time on our Sabbath in His House give us renewal and refreshing so that we find new strength and hope to face our challenges.

This day of resting is something that we all need, but you can see in our country that that day has less and less meaning over time.  There was a time in which few or no businesses were open on the day which we have chosen for our Sabbath in the Christian world, Sunday.  There are still a few businesses that honor that day and do not open on Sunday.  For instance, Chick-Fil-A was founded by a Christian, S. Truett Cathy, and all locations of this restaurant, according to corporate policy, are closed on Sunday. But you would be hard put to find many businesses that follow this practice.  Interestingly, in the country of Germany, where I have spent eight years of my life, most towns and businesses follow the practice of closing on Sundays, with only a few restaurants being open, and those with limited hours.  This is somewhat surprising when you realize how few people in the country still follow religious practices, Christian or otherwise.  Yet, they follow the practice of resting on Sunday religiously. 

I pray that you will find times of resting in your life and that you will be able to honor the Sabbath on whatever day you celebrate it, spending time with God and finding your refreshing.

How do you typically spend your Sabbath?



Candy Mihelic
07/04/2013 6:24am

We spend Sabbath doing Bible study and resting. We observe God's law and do not trade goods on that day. We keep Sabbath on Saturday due to Sunday being the first day of the week. Nearly all pastors will tell you Sabbath is on Saturday. I say that without judgment for those that keep a different day. I am just explaining why we keep it on Saturday. Many are confused by this. Honestly, when we began this journey, it felt like a burden to give up one of our weekend days. However, it soon became a blessing! Anytime you seek to honor The Father, He will bless your efforts. Now Sabbath has become a celebration in our home, with our kids. It is a time we set aside to worship and to refresh. We spend time reconnecting and resting and go into the new week feeling re energized!


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