Monday, November 10, 2008

Sabbath Gleanings

I'm not sure how I would survive without Sundays. Could that be part of the reason God invented it? :)

Not only do I appreciate the rest from everyday work and consumerism (we try hard not to shop or eat out on this one day a week)- but I love being surrounded by other believers, worshipping with the doctrine-filled, God-centered hymns, and hearing the Word of God preached by my faithful Pastor.

I'm even starting to enjoy being convicted by the Word, as I realize more and more how close I am to the finish line and how little time there is for me to get prepared for my real home. (No, I'm not sick...But at 50+ I can't exactly claim to be middle-aged anymore -unless I live to be 106, which does not appeal to me in the slightest way.)

I also love that our church has an evening service. Worshipping twice is getting rarer and rarer these days. I have to admit that each Sunday afternoon, after a nice nap with my current napping buddy, Daniel - and after leisurely reading something that takes my thoughts off myself (yesterday was "Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World", by C.J. Mahaney), I start to waffle on my commitment to go to both services. It's just extra-hard sometimes to get out of my comfy napping clothes and back into my Sunday church clothes.

And don't even get me started on how we shouldn't worry about dressing up for church.
If I wouldn't go see an orchestra or the President or attend a wedding in my comfy, casual clothes then I certainly should offer my best to the God of Heaven and Earth. Not because He demands it - but because I willingly show Him, and others, that it's a special occasion for me.

However...When I'm there again, sitting with my husband and children, ending the day in worship just as I began it, I am grateful that I've given the better part of one day out of the week to "be still and know that He is God." And doing it corporately is good accountability - and encouraging to boot.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow - and Sunday is definitely a praise-worthy blessing.

5 comments:

sally said...

This is wonderful, Debbie. It's so hard to slow down and set things aside for just one day out of the week, but this is a sweet reminder of how right it is to do so. Thank you for sharing your heart.

lea said...

ohh lookie, i was reading that same book yesterday!!!!! how did we both hear about it at the same time? i think we might be the same person... except that if we are one person, we have two blogs... no wonder we are so tired...

shepherd said...

It's even more restful when your church meets at 5pm ...

Davene said...

We don't have the double worship service thing, but I do agree with you completely about what a special day Sunday is and how worshipping God with the body is so meaningful. And look, it's almost Sunday again, so we don't have to wait much longer for one of these oh-so-special days again! :)

Meg in Tally said...

LOVE Lea's comment! It surely is a problem for one person to have two blogs!! LOL!!

Okay...your post was good too, Princess!