Sunday Reflections

The Sabbath is the presence of God in the world, open to the soul of man.” God is not in things of space, but in moments of time.
— Abraham Joshua Heschel

Do nothing.   D O   N O T H I N G.    Do no thing.   

What makes a wilderness a wilderness is the barrenness.  No one toils or labors its lands, no one owns or claims rights to its resources and wealth.  It's wilderness, desert, wild because man does not do anything to it.  Wildernesses and Sabbaths are a lot a like.  The sacred metaphors etched on time (Sabbath) and space (wilderness) reminding us that it's in the nothing, that we are finally postured to embrace how we are loved not for what we make, what we do, what we accomplish, what we are gifted with, and how much we are needed.    

  • "Be still and know that I am God."
  • "and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
  • “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  • “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  (MSG)

OBSERVE:  

where did you feel closest to God this week?  what patterns or themes came up throughout the week?  today, as you gathered in worship, what themes, words, feelings emerged?

REFLECT:

what do you think all of this means?   why do you think these observations stand out to you?  what do you sense God is saying to you in this season?

CONVERSE:

do one of the following:
*text your Cleopas (spiritual conversationalist) what your takeaway from last week are.  then ask them, "where did you feel closest to God this past week?"
*talk with your Cleopas (spiritual conversationalist) and share what you sense God is saying to you.  then listen to their comments.