01 March 2013

Bringing Back the Sabbath

Have you heard of the Sabbath Manifesto? (thx, Erin Loechner for sharing.)  It starts at sundown today, and I really love the idea.  I used to not quite grasp the value of a Sabbath, but now I'm such a fan of making it a practice.  It is SO rejuvenating and such a blessing to me and our little family.  I really think it could be a blessing to any couple or family.

To keep our Sabbath Day, Danny and I try to slow down our busy pace.  We go to church for some spiritual enlightenment and to be a part of our amazing community here in Brooklyn.  We spend the afternoons resting, reading, or trying to do something meaningful.  And we love to spend the evenings with good friends over a homemade, sit down Sunday meal.  Though until I figured out how great a Sabbath Day could be, I used to spend Sunday School at Caputo's Bakery next door to our church.  haha.  (That's where I learned that those chocolate covered Italian butter cookies were not as gross as I thought. :)  Also, here's 10 ideas for what to do on the Sabbath.

Do you keep a Sabbath Day or something similar?  I'd love to hear how you feel about the idea and also what you do on that day. 


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18 comments:

  1. I love the link you posted. I've always loved the idea of the Sabbath, but struggled to think of how to make it meaningful for me. The ten principles have given me lots of great ideas. Thanks heaps :)

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    1. So glad! Also - want to know what will really, really slow things down? We don't shop or eat out on Sundays. It may be extreme for some, but it helps soooo much to keep a slower, meaningful pace that day (cooking at home, time with family instead of errands, etc.)

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  2. In college, I was much better about keeping a Sabbath than I am today. I think that my husband and I both struggle with resting, but we do try to carve out time each weekend to do that. We usually spend Sunday afternoon and evening together, at home, not working on anything particular. We cook dinner together and call our families to chat and talk about the week ahead. It is my favorite time of the week :)

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    1. Yes - calling families! We try to do that, too. :)

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  3. I love keeping the Sabbath. I really look forward to it all week. Sometimes I'm going a mile a minute and I tell myself that I can rest on Sunday. I go to church, spend time with family, go on a walk, look at my calendar and plan out my week, listen to peaceful music, talk on the phone, have friends over for dinner, and take a nap! I really try to guard my Sabbath because it is so easy for other things to creep in. - Amy

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    1. I do the same - I look forward to it all week.

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  4. "The Sabbath," a book by Abraham Heschel, is super excellent about practicing Sabbath. I have not been so good at it since graduating from divinity school--I am a cleryperson, so "weekends" are not off-work time!

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    1. Oh wow - that's amazing. The Sabbath must be so unique for you. We do some teaching on Sundays as well so we know how busy it can be. Though that part of it is still so enriching and fulfilling. I'm sure you know that all too well. :) And thank you for the book recommendation! Always interested in good books.

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  5. Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy is so special. It's a commandment and as we keep any commandment we receive so many more blessings! Can read more about it here: http://mormon.org/commandments

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  6. This is why I loved my Jewish Orthodox in-laws so much. They and their ancesters have kept the Sabbath every Friday Sunset to Saturday Sunset. And they really knew how to do this with a big Friday night feast inviting lots of family and friends, prayer, lighting candles and wine; resting and reading the next day until sunset. The true definition of "unplugged".

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  7. Just beautiful. Love it so much. I'd love to experience a Jewish sabbath.

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  8. We love the Sabbath. We run the nursery at our church every Sunday so those two hours are less than restful ( but still so wonderful!), but we love be to take Sunday walks, cook dinner, and play games with friends and family.

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  9. Mara, Can you do a post about step-parenting? Maybe ask readers what they think about it on both sides for the kids? I am dating someone now with kids and I am curious what everyone thinks and how it is for them. Thanks! love your blog.

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  10. We decided to give media a rest too and that helps our kids spend nice time playing together. We play board games, read scriptures and rest. We eat a nice meal, but not too fancy. We sometimes visit people in need. It is a wonderful day. And there's also the 4-5 hours it takes for church with our long drive and tendency to socialize for a long time after. And lessons to prepare-but always uplifting!

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    1. we have that same after church socializing tendency :) I think Danny especially could keep it going the rest of the day. :)

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  11. After reading this I was inspired to blog about the "Sunday box" that our girls made seven years ago back when we lived in North Carolina. Times have sure changed in seven years, and now that we live in New Jersey we've added to our sunday box. I really enjoyed your post, and thank you for sharing. Here is the link to my post as to how we have learned to keep the sabbath holy, and what it means to us. Enjoy! http://rjorgensenfamily.blogspot.com/2013/03/our-sunday-box.html

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    1. loooove this... so, so brilliant. i need to bookmark this for later.

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  12. Thanks for this reminder, Mara. I like to rest on Sundays (really, I love to rest every day), and I stay reltaively unplugged, but I've found that my Sundays, while full of rest, have been less full of meaning and fulfillment than I would like. This was a kick in the pants! Thanks!

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