He Rested

He rested from all His work

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Genesis 2

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

The word definition of “rested” in verse 2, is as follows,

שָׁבַת shâbath, shaw-bath’; a primitive root; to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific):—(cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.

To desist from exertion, celebrate, put away or put down…He wants us to put down our regular worries, our regular work and efforts. He wants us to rest and celebrate with Him. This doesn’t seem like a burden to me, with the way this world is always ‘on’ and connected! This feels like a delight to me, although I know that it’ll take some adjusting too, to not be connected or plugged into the world.

Right now, I’m taking the simpler approach, and baby stepping my way into a full knowledge and relationship with my Creator.

Shabbat begins sundown Friday. Beforehand, we get things ready to enjoy the 25 hours or so of rest and focus on Him.

1.) We take some time to pick up the house; taking out trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning dishes and putting them away, laundry is put away, table is set with pretty things and candles.

2.) Then we’ll start dinner prep, unless it is a crockpot meal, and that’ll have been put together first thing. But I’ll also make challah, and a dessert. And have a plan for breakfast and snacks on Saturday.

3.) We are blessed to have a congregation to attend, with likeminded families, so this is where we are planning to head each week, to share in the fellowship and beauty of friendships and learning about Yahweh.

4.) We will also usually nap, or be outdoor as well.

 

That is how our Shabbat looks these days, and while I have grand ideas for celebrating this weekly date, in this season of life, simple and sweet is perfectly beautiful to me.

How do you celebrate Shabbat? Do you plan out your day, or wing it? What games or traditions to you enjoy together as a family?

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