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Sabbath

The idea of Sabbath has its roots in the Book of Exodus.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11)

 

Sabbath rest was observed more regularly on Sundays in the past. The day was set aside for church, family and no work. I had the opportunity to travel to American Samoa in 2010 and the practice is still in effect. Stores were closed and people focused on church, family and rest. As a child our Sundays were spent in church in the morning, and family time the rest of the day.

 

Sabbatical time is an extension of the day of rest. It is a time of rest from work. It is still prevalent in educational settings and church settings. Sabbatical time or Sabbath time take a variety of forms but even in an informal way humans need to rest whether it is one day or an extended time away from work. It is part of healthy living.

 

I begin a sabbatical on June 1 for two and half months. It is time away from work, a time to refocus rest and enjoy life. There are a number of things I have on my ‘to do’ list during the time but I have been warned not to overdo it and live at a slower more relaxed pace.

 

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to have an extended time away from work so I look forward to it but also wonder how will it be for me? I enjoy being busy and at times find the relaxing part of life hard as well as not having to go to work on a daily basis. Many of those around me know what this is like in retirement, but this is a short time of rest and refreshment. What will happen on my return? Stay tuned.

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MAYFLOWER CONGREGATIONAL UCC

2900 County Barn Rd 
Naples, Florida 34112

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