Who Made Sunday So Special?!

Sunday“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”

Why is Sunday the Sabbath? Sure, the Bible says: “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord…” (Ex. 20:9,10). What if you start your work on Saturday? Then, Friday would be the Sabbath. Thoughts like this got me thinking that perhaps the Bible is alluding to something actually much more profound, meaningful, and practical. Let’s take a look:

The sabbath day is woven in the creation story into the first chapter of Genesis. After God finished His work on the sixth day the Bible records something very important. God sees everything He did, and it is very good (See Gen 1:31). The seventh day is where God rests, blesses and hallows this important day (See Gen 2:2,3 and See Ex 20:11).

I had an experience as I was thinking about this commandment. I was praying for a few days about a particular problem. This prayer was like an insistent, but humble, protest for truth. I stood fast, felt God’s presence, and was persistent. There was progress, but a complete resolution hadn’t occurred. Then, I remembered on the sixth day God saw all that he created, and behold it was good (see Gen 1:31). That’s the reason he could rest on the seventh day–He saw what He created as perfectly good. Nothing needed to be added, nor anything deleted.

At that point, my prayer changed. It became a simple prayer of genuine gratitude — seeing what God created and beholding how precious and how good it really is. Then, I was able to rest. I felt peace. I was content. I went and played with my kids. 😀

The next day was a definite sabbath moment for me. Everything was resolved. Good was restored. It was a new day, a truly blessed and hallowed day. The prayer had an absolute effect. I remembered my prayerful work, and the time I spend beholding the good that God had made with gratitude. I relished in this wonderful experience almost all day.

Remembering the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, means something much more than a Sunday celebration to me now. It’s the moments of genuine gratitude that keep the work we do framed entirely on God. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).

This activity of gratitude keeps the work we do holy, and brings complete healing that’s fixed and unshakable.

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Honest Faithfulness

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” ~Ex 20:7

This one is particularly close to my heart because I recently realized how this particular Commandment should be tightly intertwined with everything I do.

Using the word “God” with proper respect, reverence, and honor is important. However, as they say, actions always speak louder than words. Okay then, what is taking the name of God in vain all about when we are talking about behavior?

The original Hebrew word translated as “take” has many other interesting meanings. Here are a few that caught my eye: “bear, bring forth, fetch, hold up, wear, yield.” And the original word translated as “name” also has these meanings “nature, character, or authority of”

So this Commandment could be written like this: We must hold up the character and authority of God with integrity. There is nothing worse than a car without an engine, a flower without any buds, a sunrise without the sun, prayer without an effect, and men and women of Faith without true faithfulness.

This commandment is all about honest faithfulness, and I hope you will join me in pausing to contemplate how to raise this standard in our lives. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

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Heart of Divinity

Some people think that one of the books that I love, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, is outdated and useless because it was written by a New England woman who lived in the late 19th Century.

When I read Science and Health with an open heart today, I became so grateful. The words she wrote showed me how to lead more of a God-centered life in genuine and practical ways.

I read and reread this paragraph:

Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man. Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.
(Science and Health, 258:31)

I’m not sure I completely understand this whole paragraph yet, but the phrase that caught my eye was, “Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity.”

You see, I was focusing on trying to make myself understand God and His creation by studying excessively. And when I say excessively, I really mean EXCESSIVELY. However, this phrase did two things for me. 1. It told me that it was spiritual sense, not material sense or material learning, which helps us discern the heart of divinity. And 2. it reassured me that God is a loving supportive God — you know one that has a heart. God did not make me to suffer through life trying to figure things out. He didn’t make me isolated or solitary. In other words, I’m not working alone or on my own.

This was encouraging and put my human yearning and striving to rest, and gave me a quiet humble prayerful attitude that brought the peace I was seeking. If a book can help like this, even though it was written over 100 years ago, it’s worth my attention.

Breaking up with fear

When we talk about bad relationships, probably the worst one is the one we have with various forms of fear. I was on a long drive alone wresting with intense anxiety about the future. Worrying that I made the wrong decision. Worrying about all the consequences and all the possible negative outcomes. I seemed to be mesmerized by this intense negativity. While scanning radio stations for some comforting music, I landed on a station where Francesca Battistelli was being interviewed.

She explained the backstory of her new album and in particular her new song, “The break up song.” It was exactly what I needed. It affirmed our God-given ability to stop dating fear in every form, and I had a right to break it off with all this anxiety. The rest of the trip I found myself affirming God’s infinite control and putting fear and worry under my feet. It changed from a depressing trip to an empowering one. Below I hope you enjoy listening to Francesca Battistelli’s powerful song.