Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I love this place. I love the fires in the fireplace, the morning fog clearing to reveal the river under a beautiful sky, the hot tea in the mornings. I love the way it smells. I love the schedule and spaces this week, creating space to be alone and space to be in community.

More than all that, I love the people. I love devoting time regularly throughout these days to worship, and to ponder deeply together in scripture. I love the opportunities to stop awhile and rest.

In Sabbath, God gave us a gift. For a full day out of every seven, we are to stop doing all the things that make us feel valuable as if our value were dependent upon what we do. Through Sabbath, we again see who God is, and who we are, and who we are in him. On Sabbath, we drop the props and come to God just as we are.

I am thankful.

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