Turning Self-Isolation into Sabbath Time

Keeping the Sabbath WhollyRomans 5

1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

One of the hallmarks of the Christian faith is that (Hebrews 11) “the conviction of things hoped for” (all will be well in the end!) allows us to use time of loss to be productive.  Specifically to produce endurance, character and finally hope. 

To guide you along that productive journey, I recommend to use this time of self-isolation to be spiritually productive.  For that purpose I commend to you this book called “Keeping the Sabbath Wholly”.  It is a wonderful guide to clarifying our values as we are now “quieted” by the circumstances of illness and death.

This book includes units on “Ceasing”, “Resting”, “Embracing”, and then “Feasting”.  It is written by Dr. Marva Dawn who teaches Christian ethics and scripture at Notre Dame.  As a Roman Catholic, Dr. Dawn has special insight in the blessings of thoughtful rest (Sabbath).

I hope you will get it today.  (Don’t wait until deliveries stop!)
I know it will make your “sabbath time” very productive.
Pastor Jeff

Author: universalsalvationhopeorheresy

Resident pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ingleside, Illinois.

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