“Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.”
Ironic confession for summer’s sweet center: I am starved for Sabbath.
I’ve been noticing for weeks now that I need to slow down. But I’ve reached that crazed threshold of CANNOT CHOOSE QUIET.
Whenever there’s a second to spare, I’m jumping onto email (because who isn’t woefully behind?) or cleaning folding washing scrubbing or trying to catch up on one of the zillion projects I’d love to tackle if I could find the time. My mind monkey-hops from one thing to the next, nudged forward ever forward by the flash and press of the phone, that constant companion of distraction and compulsion.
What to do when you can’t slow down?
I talk about this often to parents (#irony). How to make time for rest in our busy family lives. Ways to set aside screens to reconnect with each other. Tips for letting Sunday look different from the rest of the frantic week.
Now I sorely need to take my own advice. So this weekend we’re unplugging.
Maybe you can, too? Ever since I started singing the praises of #phonefreesabbath on Instagram, I love hearing from readers who are experimenting with offline Sundays.
If you need inspiration or practical tips for how to reclaim a restful rhythm for your week, here are ideas from my latest column for Catholic News Service:
“Even before our family’s rhythms slipped from school schedules to summer’s slower pace, I had started to notice the restless itch. The inability to slow down, the frantic rush from one must-do to the next, the nagging guilt that stopping would be lazy.
We read in Genesis that God rested on the seventh day. But too often we dismiss this notion for our own ‘crazy busy’ lives as quaint or cute, a heavenly nap on the couch after a long week of creation.
But what if — like every one of God’s actions — resting on the Sabbath was a powerful and profound act of divine might and wisdom?”
Read the rest at The Catholic Spirit (or your local Catholic paper).
May you delight in discovering the God who waits to rest with you…
“For the Sabbath is the counterpoint of living; the melody sustained throughout all agitations
and vicissitudes which menace our conscience; our awareness of God’s presence in the world.
What we are depends on what the Sabbath is to us.”
(Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath)
p.s. If you’ve got great Sabbath practices, please share below in comments!