The summer has been full and crazy and wonderful and tiring. But I think we were all ready for a change of pace.
We stayed in our pajamas way too late. We watched movies and had popcorn for lunch. We read books and played games. It was glorious.
I read a book this week called Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren, and her final chapter was so perfectly timed: "Sleeping: Sabbath, Rest, and the Work of God." Here are a few of Warren's thoughts on Sabbath.
- Rest is not simply a physical need--it is not only our brains and muscles and eyelids that must learn habits of rest. We need holistic rest--physical, psychological, and spiritual.
- We learn to rest by practice, by routine, over time. This is true of our bodies, our minds, and our souls, which are always intertwined.
- We are finite, weak creatures who are abundantly cared for by our strong and loving Creator. In our workaholic, image-barraged, overcaffeinated, entertainment-addiction, and supercharged culture, submission to our creatureliness is a necessary and often overlooked part of discipleship.
- God wants to give us not just lives of holiness and prayer but also of sufficient rest. And perhaps a key step toward a life of prayer and holiness is simply receiving the gift of a good night's sleep.
So if your schedule allows, I'd highly recommend taking an extended sabbath. No agendas, no plans. Just rest. :)