“So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” – Hebrews 4:9
Sundays. Sabbath. Day of rest. What’s it all mean?
As a Christian, we are told to observe the sabbath – “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work” Genesis 2:3. And also: “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath” –Mk 2:27-28.
Sooooo does that mean on Sunday we do nothing but go to church and otherwise nap or stare at the walls all day? Not gonna lie, I used to think this!
But wise friends (and the Catechism of the Catholic church – which is basically our church’s teachings on why we do what we do) showed me that Sundays (Sabbaths) are far, far more than that!
In a nutshell – God created man to have a rhythm of work and rest.
This leisure time allows for refreshment.
‘Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life,’ as the Catechism puts it.
(*Disclaimer: I am not a saint so this is not to be treated as advice from one, it is merely my humble experience with how to have a refreshing Sunday)
- extra time for those you love. for me, that means call dates with friends who live far away or coffee after church that is anything but rushed.
- silence. I know, shocker coming from someone who loves nothing more than a room full of people, high energy and talking for hours. But the soul needs some silence every now and again; whether that’s a walk alone (without headphones), journaling, or quiet time in a park.
- ‘just because’ activities.
- cooking… the kind that is long, relaxed and nearly meditative
- reading – for fun! even if that is flipping through cookbooks or magazines
- playing in a playground (with or without kids, your choice 😉 )
- self-care. doing your nails, yoga, etc. My definition of this = cooking a nice meal and having some wine. (side story, my dad called as I was enjoying this meal and when I told him I was eating a roast and drinking some wine he said, “uhh, alone? why?”->because, sometimes you need to do nice things for just yourself.
While those activities may not seem ‘holy’ in and of themselves, they most definitely are refreshing ~ allowing us to be filled by God and recharged for the work He has for us in the coming week.
And going through the day seeing each opportunity as a way God is filling us, gracing us, and loving us is one beautiful gift of gratitude.
I challenge you to find one way you can honor the Sabbath, honoring God’s desire to refresh you.
“This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
*One other thing that Sundays are not for is the judgement of those who are unable to have a day free of rest. But we can do our part, even by simply clicking the box when shopping online that says you do not want your packages delivered on Sundays could cut down on someone’s work load that is not fortunate enough to be able to have the day off work.