It’s another beautiful Sabbath morning. I’m enjoying the quiet, the cool breeze, and the calming sound of the fan in the background as I reflect again on the blessing of Shabbat. I’ve written a little before on the rich experience of actually resting. On purpose. But I am noticing a new element of blessing that comes from this crazy-counter-cultural-practice of setting a day aside in our life and home to rest. It brings a peace that is palpable to our Sundays, this much we’ve discovered and loved, but it is also transforming our Saturdays!
As Michael and I become more committed each week to learning how to prepare for Sabbath, we are finding that our Saturdays are filled with purpose and good work. Saturdays have been, in the past, the sort of days that get lost in the jumble. Suddenly blazing by, they would leave Sundays as a race to finish all the last minute things that didn’t get done.
Now our Saturdays still allow us the luxury of a little extra sleep, a walk (together instead of our usual taking-turns) with our dog Rigsby, and then a focused determination to get errands run, chores done, house cleaned, and meals cooked so I don’t have to cook on Sunday. It seems like a lot of work and a lot of intention…and it is! But we notice how fulfilled we feel at the end of the day. As evening pulls in and the house is ready and peaceful, we feel a sense of accomplishment as well as the
readiness to rest with nothing weighing on our shoulders.
Last night was the second Saturday that I cooked 3 meals. Saturday night’s meal, and Sunday’s lunch and dinner. Of course there is some over lap as I cook a double portion on one so that the left-overs can be utilized, but all in all, the kitchen is in full working capacity for about an hour and a half.
Waking up to the clean, restful house this morning was such a gift. I let Mike sleep in a little later cause he had been up earlier with the dog. And so with the morning to myself, I poured my coffee and read a little before getting ready for church. I am not only thankful for today, but I am thankful for yesterday’s preparation that made today possible.