Spiritual Practices

Sabbath

In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of commodity goods.
– Walter Brueggemann (Sabbath as Resistance)

Sabbath is about practicing rest, which in our busy, hyper-scheduled lives, gets crowded out in our race to keep up. Practicing sabbath won’t “just happen” on its own. You will need to plan for it.

Take some time to plan your day. What will you eat? What will you do?

Here are some ideas:

  • Look ahead at your schedule and pick a day. Note the day, and don’t give in to pressure to cancel it.
    • Eat food that you love
    • Take a nap
    • Take a leisurely walk and take time to notice God’s creation around you – shapes of leaves, color and design of flowers, sounds of birdsong
    • Practice hospitality by having friends over for an easy, low-key meal
    • Read a good devotional book
    • Spend some time in prayer, offering thanksgiving and gratitude to God

Recommended Resources

Keeping the Sabbath Holy by Marva Dawn
Sabbath Keeping by Lynne Baab
Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggeman

Six Ways to Practice Sabbath // Tim Keller
Work and Rest// Charles Yu, from the Good Work series
AJ Swoboda on ‘Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World’ // Seminary Dropout podcast episode 186