Having now had multiple conversations about Sabbath with different people in my world, I’ve learned that some of the very smartest people I know (who I trust and respect very much) have totally different views on some key theological points to do with Sabbath keeping. I think it’s important to make one clarification before we go much further together.
I am approaching Sabbath keeping as a seeker, not as a theologian.
I am currently working on the assumption that there is a God-ordained and designed rhythm for our lives which includes time for work, and time for rest. I’m viewing the Sabbath as a gift, not an obligation.
Let’s be very clear. I am terrible at rest – like REALLY bad at it. I tend to feel guilty when I’m not busy, and rest alludes me. When I’m not physically active, my brain is still processing and is chronically unable to settle. From the conversations I have with co-workers, neighbours and friends, I know that I’m not alone.
I’m not a theologian. I’m a normal person and I am seeking Sabbath – and I invite you to seek it with me. I’m planning to explore what a modern-day Sabbath observance might look like and how to faithfully create guilt-free space for rest into my otherwise crazy busy life. I’m planning to study, and learn, and try, and probably fail, and grow, and try some more.
I guarantee that I won’t always hit the target, but I’m sure it’ll be an interesting journey. I’m happy to bring you along for the ride.
(Of course, I completely reserve the right to share more on those heavier theological pieces as I go. I’m studying a lot. While I’m professing to not be a theologian, it is possible that I could learn something worthy of blog-space, and if I do, I promise to tell you! We’re in this together!)