A Time To Rest

In the tempestuous ocean of time and toil there is an island of stillness where a man may enter a harbor and reclaim his dignity. That island is the seventh day. — Rabbi Abraham Heschel

I read recently that on the Sabbath Jesus only performed one kind of miracle — healing. I think we as a society have forgotten the Sabbath’s original intent no matter what day you observe it. The sabbath wasn’t meant to burden or restrict, but to free — freedom from work and obligations.

Our weeks are so filled of whirling blur of forces, temptations, choices, and consequences we need a day of rest even more than ever. We need a regular time whether its a day or an afternoon where time stops. In this 24/7 work world how does one break the chains of enslavement to work?

This week reclaim the sabbath in your life. Find a time to turn of all electronic devices, especially America’s current and universal addiction — the cellphone. Not like the Pharisees to lord it over others, but to free yourself.

The person you heal on your new Sabbath is likely to be yourself.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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