A day to reflect, recharge, and reconnect.
But sometimes even our church culture can keep us from doing this.
Fellowship can become a social obligation.
People come together in places of worship, but often walk out because their need for connection, accountability, and growth have not been met.
The Sabbath is meant to be a resting place. So that we can rejoice in the truth and discover great things about God’s faithfulness and goodness. So we can cry on a shoulder or be the shoulder on which tears fall.
If you are seeking the Sabbath and cannot find it in your spiritual community, perhaps God is calling you to move. To a more spacious place.
Because the Sabbath is not an appointment on the calendar or a moment that requires you to put on a face. It’s not a fashion show or a time to be fake or pretend.
The Sabbath is real and open and vulnerable.
The Word says that this day is sacred. A day to declare and make known the depths of God’s grace. To choose joy even when we are broken.
Taking this day to rest in Him is a commandment. Because God knows the weariness we carry. The burdens we hold. The exhaustion we create. The tired that overwhelms us.
His mercies are new again today.
The Sabbath is a time when we can seek the face of God and support from other believers that we choose to do life with.
So we can grow, and be stretched and challenged and healed and mended. So that we can hope again.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28, MSG)
We seek God and find Him in this holy place. In conversations with friends and strangers. In the messages proclaiming His truths. In the worship that echoes through the air to heaven.
Jesus calls us to walk away from the craziness of stress, “to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Matthew 6:31, NIV)
The Sabbath calls us to renew our minds by leaving the noise of the world. So we can receive the beauty of God’s grace. Reminders of His sovereignty.
It’s a time to soften our hearts and let go of pain. To forgive. To be forgiven. To empty ourselves and find strength. To serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13).
Oh friend, quiet your soul. Step into this holy space and connect.
You are His beloved. Be still and breathe in His goodness.
It is well.