Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 25, 2013

The Sabbath: An Ongoing Celebration of the Heart

Blond woman lying in field“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”Exodus 20:11 (KJV)

Recently, I spent my Saturday in the home of a Jewish couple while they observed the Sabbath. I was impressed with the large spread of foods on their table: cooked vegetables and salads, fresh fruit, delicious stews and rice. Some male friends of the family showed up and were welcomed to the table. They all seemed to be in a celebratory mood, speaking loudly in Hebrew and breaking bread together. The lights were left on at all times, and the warmer on the stove stayed on for the duration of the Sabbath. Their meals were all cooked the day before, for on the Sabbath they do not work, but instead they rest and enjoy their families.

As I observed my new friends’ traditions, I realized how often we do not show God our gratitude and honor. Our culture is so geared towards productivity and commercialism that we become focused on working and tending to our own needs, versus setting aside a day in which we do NOTHING but thank God and celebrate His goodness. Thanksgiving is not one day out of 365 days in a year. Thanksgiving means having a heart that is so grateful for a Lord that is so generous.  It means that we can’t help but celebrate before Him with all that we have, and showing Him that He is, indeed, the Lord of our hearts.

 “Our most gracious God, thank You for showing us that out of the riches of Your kingdom You bless us. Please accept our gratitude for all that You do for us, Father, and may our hearts always rejoice in You, our eternal hope and home.”

 For His Glory

 Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

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