The word Sabbath, in Hebrew, means to rest. According to Exodus 20:8 it is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of rest, as God rested from creation. Keeping a day of holy rest in our culture is one of the most difficult practices for Christians, but also one of the most desired. In our over-scheduled, over-busy, compartmentalized lives we simply can’t seem to prioritize, or comprehend the idea of true rest. And we are paying the price for it. Some of the questions to think about while you are discerning how to practice sabbath more fully are: What do I do to experience rest and renewal? How can I modify my week to allow for true rest? What is the biggest thing keeping me from regularly having a sabbath day? What am I teaching/modeling to my children about sabbath and rest?
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:8–11).
“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:3).
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9).
The blog posts and resources assembled here are designed to offer a variety of perspectives on keeping the Sabbath and practicing holy rest. We hope you will find the resources inspiring and encouraging as you explore ways to slow down, connect with God, and renew through the practice of Sabbath.