Food for the Flock devotional 20

November 22, 2017

Rest: Allow God to restore, replenish, and refocus your heart and mind.

 

The Congregational Council has been doing a brief devotional before each meeting. We are using the Ten Commandments with annotations from the Reformation Sourcebook. This month was the third commandment: Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

 

Preserving sacred time can be a challenge.

 

As we enter the holiday season this commandment becomes even more important. Society has trained us well; insisting that big extravagant celebrations are the norm. Our Savior’s birth is a big deal. It is only natural to create powerful experiences during this holy season. We can also create impossible expectations that leave us feeling empty because we miss the central celebration; the birth of our Savior.

 

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

 

Here are some simple ideas that can help us simply our celebrations and create sabbath rest.

  • Is your calendar too full of holiday cheer: why not push a few of the celebrations off until January and February when there isn’t as much going on?

  • ‘Tis the season for charitable giving as well as compassion fatigue. There are many demands on our wallet toward the end of the year. In 2018 why not practice a year-round routine of giving to favorite charities.

  • Here is a radical idea for gift giving; most of us have enough stuff! Why not make contributions to local and church charities in honor of your loved one? Even better write them a thoughtful note listing several characteristics about them that you really appreciate.

 

Finally, the world isn’t worried about making the holidays more holy. The commercial aspect promotes “bigger, better, and more”. If you want to create a holy thanksgiving and Advent season-slow down. Think simple. Make Sunday morning and mid-week Advent worship services a priority. Breath in peace and share the warmth of hospitality.

 

Pastor Joanna

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