“God blessed the seventh day and called it sacred, because on it God rested from all the work of creation.” - Genesis 2:3
On Sunday we talked about the creation poem in Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a. In this poem, God is bringing order to the chaos. Other creation narratives from the same time period tell of the deity containing the chaos in stone and putting the temple on top. In Genesis, God brings order to chaos, but the capstone is not the temple. It is the sabbath rest. Whenever we feel chaos rising in our lives, this creation poem invites us to go back to the beginning: to connect with God’s good creation and rest. To that end, I want to share a poem about sabbath with you by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette ( https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search?q=sabbath):
O God, you made the Sabbath day,
Your gift, your law, your healing way.
You also made, within each heart
A longing for this day apart.
You gave your children, long-oppressed,
Your freeing gift of Sabbath rest.
You give us Sabbath freedom, too:
Our lives are more than work we do!
Life's sacred rhythm seems long gone;
The world, unblinking, carries on.
Your Spirit calls us! Slow our pace
That we may hear your word of grace.
Grace and peace, Rev. Sarina