Our creation myth tells us that God make the land and the sea, the night and the day, the stars and the planets, the plants and the animals, and then humans. Whew! It’s no wonder God needed a day of rest after all of that! Our story tells us that for one whole day, after everything was made, God rested. God did no work. God let creation carry on for one day.
The command is then given to humans to have one day of rest per week. One day out of seven humans are to do no work. We are to let the world carry on without our work for one day.
When is the last time you observed a Sabbath day? I know that for me, it has been a very long stretch. One day. With no work. No phone. No TV. No shopping in store or on line. No email. No Facebook. No errands. No cleaning. No paying bills. No mowing. No sweeping. One whole day.
In today’s world we see many the problems with this model. The world is different now. It is not practical. Patients in hospitals still need to be tended. Kids have activities. Elders need to be cared for. Our property and possessions need to be maintained. Our jobs take so much of our time we need to take care of other things when we are not at work.
Sabbath? A day of rest? One whole day a week? No, it’s not impossible. And, no, it’s not punishment. It is care. It is re-creation. We are called to be co-creators with God building the realm of justice and peace for all. It’s a taxing job. If God needs rest, then so do we. Lest we think we’re greater than God.
Our foundation myth tells us that the world could manage for one day without God; without the Creator, without the one keeping the planets in their courses. One day in seven. May Sabbath time be part of our Lenten discipline so that we can be faithful to our partnership with God.
Lectionary readings for today:
Prayer: May we have the humility to rest. Amen.