On Monday October 3rd we had our 2nd Supper Club. We ate delicious Sweet Potato Soup, Veggies with Hummus, Spanish Rice, Salad and Apple Crisp (mmm, mmm, good!). Followed by Jill Weber from GOHOP talking to us about Sabbath.
Sabbath is the practice of taking one day a week as a time of rest. Jill shared her notes with me so I could post the quotes she used and to reiterate some of her thoughts.
“If we do not allow for a rhythm of rest in our overly busy lives, illness becomes our Sabbath— our pneumonia, our cancer, our heart attack, our accidents create Sabbath for us.” - from Wayne Muller’s book Sabbath
“No wonder so many of us live such frenetic, stressed- out lives— it’s hard to ever stop and rest, ever to be at peace when we think failure is constantly threatening, with the weight of nonbeing always clutching us about our legs and dragging us down. We must constantly toil. Toil or drown. There’s always something more we should be doing, something someone else is doing if we aren’t.” – Michael Yankoski – The Sacred Year
“One thing this Sacred Year is beginning to show me is how each of these spiritual practices can work like an antidote to some of the more poisonous aspects of our culture today. They are refreshing and life giving, whereas so often the habits and methods I’ve developed in my frenzied, stressed- out life are deadly poisons.” Michael Yankoski – The Sacred Year
“What an amazing thing it would be to have the rhythms of your life regularly usher you into such deep trust that you could actually rest from it all.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
“The day itself is set apart, devoted completely to rest, worship and delighting in God, but the rest of the week must be lived in such a way as to make sabbath possible. Paid work needs to be contained to five days of the week. Household chores, shopping and errand- running need to be complete before the sabbath comes, or they must wait.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
“The point of the sabbath is to honor our need for a sane rhythm of work and rest. It is to honor the body’s need for rest, the spirit’s need for replenishment and the soul’s need to delight itself in God for God’s own sake. It begins with a willingness to acknowledge the limits of our humanness and take steps to live more graciously within the order of things.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
“I live within physical limits of time and space and bodily limits of strength and energy. There are limits to my capacities relationally, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
“If we dig down a little deeper, we may see that our unwillingness to practice sabbath is really an unwillingness to live within the limits of our humanity, to honor our finiteness. We cling to some sense that we are indispensable and that the world cannot go on without us even for a day. Or we feel that certain tasks and activities are more significant than the delights that God is wanting to share with us. This is a grandiosity that we indulge to our own peril.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
How to Begin:
“First, the heart of sabbath is that we cease our work so that we can rest and delight in God and God’s good gifts. Everything we might choose to do or not to do needs to somehow fit into these purposes. Second, it is important to establish a regular rhythm if at all possible.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
“I am different on the sabbath. We all are. We move more slowly. We are more available to each other in terms of our time and also in terms of our attention and spirit. We are much more in touch with the softer, more vulnerable part of ourselves, because we’re not pushing so hard.” Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms
“All these things— wristwatches, smartphones, credit cards, cash— go into our “Sabbath box,” a simple mash- up I made not long ago out of scrap pieces of pallet wood. They won’t be allowed out until Sabbath is over”- Michael Yankoski – The Sacred Year
Jill suggest some things to exclude from our Sabbath Day:
She also said that our Sabbath Day should Include
- Whatever delights and replenishes you
- Resting the body
- Replenishing the spirit
- Restoring the soul
- True Re-Creation vs Entertainment
One of the rules Jill suggested for sorting out between Sabbath activities vs the rest of the week was “Is it a Get To or a Half To?” If it is a “Get To” it sounds like it is in the spirit of the Sabbath.
Jill challenged us to each make a list of 10 Re-Creational sabbath activities, and to try and take one day over the next month to practice a sabbath.
Good luck everyone with your Oct Supper Club Assignment. Feel free to share your Sabbath lists on the Supper Club Facebook Group.