If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord
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My pastoral arrogance most days is a tame kitten who licks her paws and sleeps in a corner. It has the potential of hissing and clawing. I confess it is a beast when I stand in judgement of the lack of regular weekly worship I witness in those I know. As soon as my arrogance starts to bite and scratch, I violate the intention of the Sabbath myself. Jesus said that Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. It is God's gift - a time of rest, of pushing back, a time in which we confess our sins, heal our weekly wounds, and experience the delight of resting in the presence of a gracious God. How and when people take that Sabbath rest should be less of a concern. Worship was not intended to be a drudgery or yet another obligation in a busy week. It was intended to help us all turn in God's direction and rest.
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Forgive me, Lord. Amen.