Ways We Spent The Sabbath
Gen 2:2 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
Gen 2:3 “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
Personally, I really enjoy the Sabbath day! I can rest from my work and be with my Father and all of his children, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
The week is so hectic, and it is difficult to keep our focus on God during the week. The Sabbath is a great way to rejuvenate and learn about God and enjoy the family God has given us through the church.
Heb 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
But why does God say not to forsake the assembly of ourselves? After all, we could watch the internet sermons or listen to CD sermons, etc. Wouldn’t that be just as good?
You know how enjoyable it is when you have family dinners, sitting down together and sharing the day. The same is true about the Sabbath. We miss out on a lot of encouragement and joy if we don’t come together. “Iron sharpens iron “ God tells us in His Word. Iron cannot sit alone and be sharpened no matter how you try.
Being in a family setting, we will also have difficulties with one another. This also makes us strong and shows us how a family is to resolve problems and bond us closer as brothers and sisters. After all, isn’t that what God has called us to?
Mark 12:31 “Love your neighbor as yourself”
John 13:34 “Love one another as I have loved you.”
We are missing out on those true lessons in life if we stay home.
Christ made a statement about the Sabbath day, which gives us an avenue to enjoy it more fully:
Mark 3:4 “And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days?”
It’s a great time for everyone to serve their spiritual family in the church. What about talking to an elderly person, which makes their Sabbath so much more enjoyable? How about calling a shut-in or making cards for those who are sick? Encourage other people to sign it and then you can send it yourself. The kids can also cut pictures of flowers or animals out of magazines and make cards for someone as well. They enjoyed this activity. The elderly enjoy getting old fashioned letters in their mailbox. Yes, they still rely on old fashioned hand-written cards and letters!
We had our children involved in Sabbath serving as well. I would take my children around and talk with the elderly, help those who needed encouraging. It’s a fine time to visit someone in the hospital or nursing home. How about making some Sabbath cookies with your children the day before and bring them for an after church snack? That would make for family bonding time as well.
This is also a great opportunity to have personal bonding time with your family. My husband would always start our Sabbath dinner with a candle on the table. He would light it just as the sun set, saying: “In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” That was a special time in the week where my husband would gently lead us into the Sabbath day.
Every Sabbath morning at the breakfast table, he would bring his Bible out and explain how much their heavenly Father loved them, mistakes and all. He explained to them that he was not perfect, but God is, that you could always depend on Him. The children knew that every Holy Day morning, he would explain what they meant and how it applied to them.
The Sabbath is also a great time to reflect on God’s creation. Rent or buy DVDs about God’s creation. Why not go to the library and take out some books on the animals or flowers God has created or even books on the universe – one of my favorite ways to reflect on his creation.
Why not go outside and sit and watch the sunrise or sunset or enjoy clouds as the gentle breezes rush past you face. There are so many things that are lovely in His creation, if we just take the time and look and listen.
On the Sabbath we would have people over and get to know them, building family ties. Often, we would go to the park and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We let the children play on the ground equipment, but we also walked together. One of my personal favorites was flying our kites together on the Sabbath. In that way, they can reflect on God’s creation of the sky, the wind, and the clouds. After all, it is a time that God rested from all he had made in six days, enjoyed it and said, “It is very good!” How awesome is that? I can’t even clean my house in six days and say it is very good!
There are many videos on YouTube that can be very inspiring to help you reflect on God’s awesome creativity, humor, and intricate design. The marvel of DNA is one of my husband’s favorites.
So, these are a few ways that we have spent and do spend the Sabbath. How about you? We would love to hear your unique ways of enjoying the Sabbath Day.