I read a devotional about sabbath this morning. Sabbath is time to stop all work and rest in God. As I reflected on it, I realized. I don't do a good job of taking sabbath time throughout the year. Especially during the school year, I work too much and relax too little. Summer is my opportunity for to slow down a bit and relax. It helps that the days are longer, and the other big difference is that I'm home in the evening. Instead of spending at least 3 evenings a week at the church, I'm only there for the Monday evening meetings. I like having my evenings. Yesterday I came home and mowed the lawn before supper and after supper I went for a 4 mile walk.
The slower pace also means I'm more likely to get a full day off. Saturday I was free to enjoy time with a friend and then later, with Sister. After the memorial service on Monday, I have 4 weeks of sabbath time. I'm looking forward to the time to be refreshed and renewed. I also know, though, that I can't expect 4 weeks of sabbath in the summer to carry me through the rest of the year. Before I move into fall, I need to figure out how to schedule sabbath time during the busiest times of the year. There's a reason that God made that one of the ten commandments. I think I need to rediscover what a gift it is, all year round.