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Friday, November 14, 2008

Shabbat Shalom!

It is Friday, and what a wonderful day it is. On my way to work this morning I was meditating on the goodness of God that is displayed in the simplicity of the weekend. I read a book once by a women name Bonnie Wilks, I believe it was called The Gift of the Sabbath. It traced the roots of the Jewish sabbath. Ultimately she related that many people get bogged down believing a day of rest is to be riddled with things one cannot do. God's true intentions were the exact opposite. He is our Creator, and He knows that we are easily distracted and weighed down by the cares of this world He loves us so much, He set aside a time for us to come together and rest in His peace and and marvel at His goodness in our lives. My family does not celebrate the traditional Jewish shabbat meal, although I believe it is a wonderful tradition and know many people who do. We do come together as a family for a meal. We talk, laugh, and eat good food.

I will admit that many times I allow myself to be distracted by "things" instead of resting on this day. It is so important to remember that God did not design us to be 24/7 workaholics. He desires us to step back from our business and our need to aquire things and enjoy the nourishment of His life being delivered to us.

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