~ blue birds of happiness ~"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor they maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." ~ Exodus 20:8-11 ~
"Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday,
it becomes an orphan."
"A great benefit of Sabbath keeping is that we learn to let God take care of us -- not by becoming passive and lazy, but in the freedom of giving up our feeble attempts to be God in our own lives."
~ Marva J. Dawn, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting ~
"the Sabbath is a day...set apart from labour [and] dedicated to the learning of our customs and laws so that the people might learn a good thing and avoid sin."
~ Josephus, The Complete Works, translated by William Whiston ~
"Anybody can observe the sabbath,
but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week."
~ Alice Walker ~
"The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time."
~ Abraham Heschel ~
"If ever a man could have felt the church to be unnecessary, he was Jesus. Yet he did not stay away from the church of his day. It was his custom to go to the synagogue on the sabbath, and he made many trips to the temple." ~ R. Brokhoff ~
"Martin Luther, speaking on the Sabbath, said, "The spiritual rest which God especially intends in this commandment is that we not only cease from our labor and trade but much more-that we let God alone work in us and that in all our powers do we nothing of our own."
~ The Pastor's Guide to Personal Spiritual Formation, page. 134 ~
"...and God did rest the seventh day from all his works."
~ Hebrews 4:4 ~
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Prayer Keeping ~ Yvonne ~ Clint ~ Courtney and family - Chuck Colson family ~ Lynne ~ Mary, Donald and family ~ Pruitt Family ~ Lora ~ Stacie ~ Annie ~ Val ~ Kary ~ Mary ~ Kerrie ~ Ray ~ Ruth ~ Kathy ~ Anne ~ Timi, Miki, Mira, Mark ~ Sandra ~ Adrienne ~ Karena ~ Roland ~ Debbie ~ Beckwith Family ~ Lea and family ~ Mildred and John ~ Noelle ~ Geoffrey ~ Terry, Angela, Penny and family ~ Daniel, Meredith, Morgan, Tosh ~ Susan ~ Stephanie ~ Winnie ~ Wanda ~ Steve ~ Gwen ~ Leslie ~ William and Catherine ~ Becky and Rick ~ Misha and J ~ Linda and Skip ~ Ryan ~ Roy ~ Tonya ~ me ~