Amy Curran

Read: Genesis 2:1-3 

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (v. 3)

On the seventh day, God rested from the work of creating. This slightly confounding reality is actually a beautiful grace and tells us much about the kind of world God desires ours to be. In resting on the seventh day, God created Sabbath. God wanted ours to be a world in which rest, enjoyment, and the pursuit of non-work things fall into the rhythm of life. Sabbath is a built-in time for creation to take a breath and allow itself to simply be. This is recreation at its finest—the kind of rest that truly re-creates and refreshes. God has created our world with rhythms that provide new life.

After being encouraged to keep a Sabbath during college, I tried my best to let Sunday be a day in which I did no work. I believe those Sundays were imperative to my time in university: I had space to simply be during a season that was quite demanding. I had at least one day in the week when I could exercise, or pray, or read, or bake, or do any number of things that helped me remember who I was outside of school. In many ways, Sabbaths kept me sane.

The gift of Sabbath shows God’s desire to continually refresh and re-create our world. Let’s receive this gift well by using it well. —Amy Curran

As you pray, thank God for creating Sabbath, and find a time this week to truly rest.