Within our community and many other faith communities around the globe we proudly hoist up Micah 6:8 as part of our mantra, that which has shaped our very ethos. We are a community driven to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. This scripture is embodied in our various outreach programs, Sunday School classes, and worship services. We are thinkers, we are doers, we are activists, teachers, and guides. We are constantly in the season of scriptural summer. Yet... I wondered if we have forgotten to balance Micah 6:8 with Exodus 20:8-11. Just as we are called to be active participants in embodying the reconciling kindom of God, we too are called to participate in sabbath. We are called to find space and time for rebirth and resurrection.
Consider the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel who said, “Learn to understand that the world has already been created and will survive without the help of man. Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.” Or perhaps Eugene Peterson, who said, "Sabbath is the biblical tool for protecting time against desecration. It is the rhythmic setting apart of one day each week for praying and playing – the two activities for which we don’t get paid, but which are necessary for a blessed life.”
We all need time set apart from the chaotic rhythm of life. I would encourage you to find ways in your life to work to honor both callings, that of action and renewal. In the season of commotion find time to be, to play, to stop and become more aware of the beauty that surrounds you. May this week present you with opportunities for rest, renewal, and rejuvenation.