Work, Then Rest


Dear Laborers,

I highly recommend giving the Ten Commandments some exploration in their original habitat of Exodus 20 every now and again. The top ten member that is standing out for me today is verse 8, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” As we approach Labor Day, I am not so sure that for most of us who are blessed with employment that it’s the Labor that is an issue, so much as taking proper Sabbath time?

Rosemary Radford Ruether also reminds us to give thanks to God that it is Sunday:

“The demands to work all the time as the measure of one’s worth have grown so endemic that one needs to make little vows and rules for oneself to resist them. The weekly celebration of Sabbath should be both a way of renewing oneself and creation in its authentic balance and rhythm , anticipating the ultimate redemption of all things.“ (The Living Pulpit , April / June 1998, quoted by Martin Marty in Context, July 15th, 1998)

We were created not to work until we must rest. Rather we were created to work out of our rest.

May the Lord bless you with meaningful labor and may the gift of Sabbath rest center you in your core identity as a Child of God. For it is in our identity as a Child of God- not a laborer in this world - that we receive the gift of being who we were created to be.

God’s blessings,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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