Making Sunday Special

An old rabbi used to say that if he came across any particularly delightful fruit, he would save it for the sabbath. It was a reminder to him of the joy and blessing that the sabbath is. For Christians Sunday can all too easily become a day like any other with a little bit of church on top. I exaggerate, but I’m sure you know what I mean. Perhaps if this morning you are preparing to go into overdrive, with a million things to do, you could pause for a moment and ask yourself just how many are really necessary, you might have time to taste and see how good Sunday can be. Rest isn’t the same as idleness, any more than peace is the mere absence of war or joy the absence of sorrow. Sunday is a day for allowing the Lord more scope than we usually do, letting him show us the true value of what we are and do and rejoicing in his presence and action in our lives. We each have to find our own way of making Sunday special.


5 thoughts on “Making Sunday Special”

  1. Sunday used to be my really, really, really busy day; lead the music at church, Sunday lunch, tea, supper, get everything ready for school (unexpected demands for cookery/art/science lessons, help with homework panics), all go all day. Monday was my “sabbath rest by Galilee”.
    It’s not so bad now; just playing for the 9am, Sunday school for the 10:30, rush round for magnifying glasses, binoculars, reading glasses to take (guess the Bible verse). Sunday is still “special”, just maybe not in the way you would think at first sight.

  2. Oh KIrsten, i recognise all that! I have just come home in tears having delivered my children’s activity into the hands of a trusted and kind friend, because sometimes the stress of all that church responsibility is just too much for my background depression! So instead of church I plan to sit outside in the winter sunshine and knit and try to find the calm place inside where God will speak to me. I think I will meditate on Sabbath rest by Galilee as a start!

  3. Guess the bible verse came out all wrong! I didn’t check properly; the glass we look through darkly in 1cor13 is a mirror, not a window as I always thought. I had collected old spectacles and magnifying glasses to look through. Holy Spirit saves the day; we magnified all sorts of things, and decided that Lent will be a time for us to magnify God in our lives. Phew. Jesus saves the day, yet again.

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