Finding the time

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Phil. 4:13

“How often people today cry out in exasperation or despair, ‘I just don’t have enough time!’ There is so much to do: earn a living, fulfill a vocation, nurture relationships, car for dependents, exercise, clean the house. Moreover, we hope to maintain sanity while doing all this, and to keep growing faithful and loving people at the same time. We are finite, and the demands seem too great, the time too short. . . .

Puritan Sabbath keepers agreed that ‘good Sabbaths make good Christians.’ They meant that regular, disciplined attention to the spiritual life was the foundation of faithfulness. Another dimension of the saying opens up if we imagine a worshiping community helping one another step off the treadmill of work-and-spend and into the circle of glad gratitude for the gifts of God. Taken this way, good Sabbaths make good Christians by regularly reminding us of God’s creative, liberation, and redeeming presence, not only in words but also through a practice we do together in response to that presence. ~From “Keeping Sabbath” by Dorothy C. Bass in Practicing Our Faith

Help me this day O Lord, to be faithful to You in all I do. Help me to step off the treadmill of life so that I may be grateful for the gifts You have placed in my life. Amen.

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