“Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy takes the rest of the week.” (Alice Walker) Here’s another quote from Alice as we approach the Sabbath (literally, a day for rest). Holy makes it an action word, challenging us to be a Godly people all week long. Those commandments are not easy, are they? ;-) Jack
FROM T.S. IN MICHIGAN: Absolutely they are not easy. If they were easy, we wouldn't need Christ - right? We wouldn't need forgiveness for constantly falling short.
FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: It does take the rest of the week to make it holy! Going to church is the easy part... it's following His word the days when you least feel like it or are challenged in life. A friend of mine once told me she had never broken a commandment. I asked her if she had ever taken a stamp from work and didn't replace it. She said yes. Well, I said, you broke the Do Not Steal one right there. She was very upset. But the fact is, we break commandments so often, we don't even react! That's whats so wonderful about God's Grace! He still loves us!
FROM C.S. IN MICHIGAN: Im a Peach!
FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: It takes the rest of our lives; this is a great analogy for all excellent principles and values in life. Whether saving money, being kind, granting forgiveness, exercising, or not taking your spouse for granted—these and others take lifelong daily efforts. In positive pursuits, we cannot avoid regret by avoiding action.
FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: One thing I have learned is that it is both easier and more relaxing to 'keep the sabbath' since I have retired.
FROM G.G. IN INDIANA: No, they are not easy. That's why we need people like you and Alice in our lives helping us to remember. Mary, Ruth and I saw her here in Indy years ago at the Madame Walker Theatre. She was doing a poetry reading from "Her Blue Body Everything We Know". .....awesome.
FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Hi, I grew up with some slave drivers who had to go to church every Sunday. Thank the Good Lord, we got part of the day off from work. But, then, one was partially in love with all the animals, so feeding, and watering, and cleaning all the time was so embedded in one's personality, a 7 day work week existed all the time. To top it all off the sermon that I remember the most of was given by a Black man at a M.L.King memorial service, Now, that was a sermon. I wish I had gotten a copy.