Mid Week Lenten Reflection

March 25, 2020

             "Forgetfulness leads to exile,
                         while remembrance is the secret of redemption.” --Baal Shem

“Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work.”  Deuteronomy 5: 12 – 14
One of my “go to” books is Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner.  The author converted from Judaism to Christianity as a young adult.  She writes in the introduction, she has embraced Christianity but there are some “rhythms and routines (in Judaism) that drew the sacred down into the everyday.”
In the first chapter, she writes about observance of Shabbat which involves a “true cessation from the rhythms of work and world.”  She writes, for many,  Sunday has become “a day off” from a busy work week and not a day set aside to reorient our lives.
So, why have I gone back to one of may “go to” books?  This enforced shut down has required us to  totally cease the rhythms of work and world – no malls, no gyms, no movie theaters, no sporting events, no theater, no dining out . . . .all those rhythms of the world we do not give up for one day a week  but in some cases embrace more fully when we have a “day off.”  You see, I am after all a person who sees the cup half full rather than half empty which means what can we take away or learn from these days of quarantine.
Personally, we are spending more time together as family (my son and his family are now staying with me) which is good but also provides some challenges!  Challenges  because we don’t do this either any more.  Ask some of our long term members about the days when Grandma, Grandpa, aunts and uncles all lived together or almost next door and truly shared all things in common.  That sounds a lot like the early church!
Right now I am more concerned about what we will learn and change through this experience than whether we will get through.  God will see us through!  As the quote above  indicates,  as a society we are  quick to move on when things get better.  May your faith in God be strengthened during this time.
Shalom, Pastor Cathy
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