Today’s blogpost is meant to continue challenging myself, along with my readers, to take the Sabbath more seriously than we normally do in American society. It is also an experiment to see if there are other bloggers who would like to send the same message, while also linking to other blogs.
Eleven years ago I was living in Jerusalem as part of my seminary study and was struck by how seriously the Sabbath was taken in that city. On Fridays, the Muslim sections of town shut down. On Saturdays, the same calm descended over the Jewish neighborhoods of the city. On Sundays, the Christians took their turn at a day of rest. We seem to have lost this in the United States. It is almost as if we consider ourselves more important than God.
My hope is that there are other bloggers, and blog readers, who would be willing to join me in choosing to enter the Sabbath more fully in their own lives and here in the blogosphere.
Here’s how it would work. We each choose not to work on a new post on Sunday in favor of sharing a past one with all those who are participating in the Sabbath Sunday and with all the regular readers of our blogs. I always seem to have some posts that I feel are deserving of a second look, and this might be the perfect opportunity to revisit them. Simply write a short new post for your blog explaining why you chose the particular “re-post” as well as posting your name and a link to the URL here so that others can read your post.
My second reason for trying this comes from the ideas of Jennifer at Conversion Diary and Elizabeth Esther’s fine blog. I love that their blogs regularly attempt to bring bloggers together to share with each other and would like to do the same. My connection to other bloggers is no doubt less than theirs, but one has simply to begin for things to grow.
My first contribution to the Sabbath Sunday feature is a post of almost a year ago entitled, Relax . I hope my fellow blogger friends will consider joining me on this Sabbath journey!