Saturday’s Sabbath Moment

God must have thought it was important.  This resting thing.  He rested on the seventh day after all the creating of the world.  He put it in the Big Ten list.

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Work six days and do everything you need to do.  But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God.  Don’t do any work—nor you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town.  For in six days God made the Heaven, Earth and sea, and everything in them;  he rested on the seventh day.  Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.–Exodus 20: 8-11

I know what you’re thinking.  There’s presents to buy, and family to see…trees to decorate and cookies to bake.  We can put so much stress on ourselves that we forget what this season is all about.  So let’s take a rest.  Maybe you can’t do a whole day, so how about a couple of hours each Saturday.  Set them apart for yourself…for your family.  Rest is not a bad thing…it’s a God thing!

While you are resting you might want to consider what gift you might give to Jesus this season.  Is there something that He has placed on your heart?  Patience…more joy…kindness to others.  Grab the family and ask them the same question.  Have each one write it down on a slip of paper.  Put them in a box.  Maybe someone would even wrap it up.  Place your gift to Jesus there with the others, under your tree.

Pray:  Lord, I have saved the best present for you.  Thank you for coming…Amen.

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