My practice of Sabbath took a dramatic turn when I took a two-year study leave from parish ministry. During that time I was once again sitting in the pew on Sunday mornings. Those two years of Sundays took me back to the routine of my childhood: worship, Sunday School, a table full of excellent dishes prepared by my mother, and a take-it-easy afternoon with family. I prefer celebrating the Sabbath on Sunday; however, now that I am once again serving in a church, I am practicing Sabbath on Fridays. I do very little on Fridays. I don’t shop. My current appointment is much closer to my parents, so most Fridays I spend time with my parents. I have a tendency to be task oriented and tasks can be never-ending. Keeping these tasks at bay can be a challenge for me on Sabbath. Practicing Sabbath is a necessary reminder that life is not all about work. For me, ministry can be a guilt producing endeavor since there is always more that could be done. But the God who loves us infinitely has commanded that once a week we refrain from our usual activities and instead rest. I think that the Duke Clergy Health Initiative and the North Carolina Conference’s focus on Sabbath echoes God’s commandment and in a sense provides another layer of permission for pastors to live by Sabbath rhythms. I hope my practice of Sabbath provides encouragement for my colleagues and parishioners. Sabbath is a key ingredient in our relationship with God, our physical and mental health, our relationships with one another, and the health of the world.