Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

thursday: four

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

My Lord, I do not always remember the Words you tell me to remember. You have provided the perfect example of how I should conduct myself, day to day, week to week. Help me to follow the example you’ve provided.

I would never need to break this commandment if I didn’t try to derive satisfaction from a source other than you. You would think I could obey a commandment to do nothing—to rest—but even that I do not obey. Instead of following your example, I tend to my own life, on my own terms.

Thank you for rest, O God. Thank you for the example of how to enjoy rest. Thank you for the gift of green pastures and quiet waters where we can lie down and refresh our souls.

Let me honor you through the Sabbath day. Let me keep it holy. Let me honor me through the Sabbath day. Let me keep me holy. All praise and glory to God.

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