This week I’ve been preparing to lead a Lenten day of silence for a nearby church. I know that may sound like an oxymoron: How exactly does one prepare for leading a silent retreat? Well, in this case, the organizers asked me to pick a theme that relates to Lent and then select three meditations, followed by… Continue reading The Four-sided Peace of Sabbath
from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert Sunday O Day most calm, most bright, The fruit of this, the next worlds bud, Th’ indorsement of supreme delight, Writ by a friend, and with his bloud; The couch of time; cares balm and bay: The week were dark, but for thy light: Thy torch doth show… Continue reading A Sunday Sabbath Poem by George Herbert
The Lenten Sabbath resource Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath has been updated for 2017. It is full of free resources and ideas for leading a congregation or group through a Lenten Sabbath experience.
by Guy Brewer I yearned to pray today but found it very hard to calm my racing thoughts. Like many others, I feel a lot of internal and external pressure to complete my “holiday chores,” whatever that means. I tried making a “to do” list so I would not forget all of the important trivia… Continue reading Blown Glass: An Advent Reflection
by Cynthia V. Vaughan This week I’m reading from The Sabbath by Dayan Dr. I. Grunfeld. It has been considered the “finest exposition of the Sabbath available in English” written to “fill an urgent need among English-speaking Jewry.” You might ask why I am interested in reading a book which was written for Jews. It’s simple:… Continue reading A Sabbath Reflection for Christmas
Nancy Sleeth recently wrote a piece for Relevant Magazine about how the practice of Sabbath can help us avoid the stress that, for many, accompanies the holidays. In the article, Nancy writes, According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 85 percent of people report that time pressures increase during the holiday season. In… Continue reading How to Prevent Holiday Burn-out Before it Starts
Recently Dr. Sleeth spoke at Imago Dei in Portland, Oregon. You can listen to the message in its entirety here.
I’m often struck by the irony of my parents’ ministry: they work hard teaching about rest. They’re traveling or speaking constantly–some years they’re on the road more days than they’re at home. They take a Sabbath every week, of course, but the other six days are crammed to the gills. As their office manager, I… Continue reading The Sleeths live out the Importance of Rest, Retreat, and Family
Matthew was recently interviewed by Solid Steps Radio, a show by men for men, on the topic of Sabbath. In this interview he shares his testimony and the importance Sabbath played in shaping the Sleeth family. You can listen to the interview at Solid Steps Radio. You can learn more about Solid Steps Radio on… Continue reading An Interview on Sabbath with Solid Steps Radio
The following reflections are taken from Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt, by Dr. Renita J. Weems. One of the nation’s leading African-American female preachers and theologians, Weems shares her early memories of Sabbath through the lens of the “colored” community. Special thanks to Cynthia V. Vaughan for sharing these excerpts with Blessed Earth. “Once upon… Continue reading Come Sunday: Sabbath Thoughts from an Old Testament Professor