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Words from Wendy - July

“A man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. He said to them, “Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep? So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored as sound as the other.” Matthew 12:10-13

Summer is among us, crops are growing and the work of our hands have paid off. Now it is
time for rest. Time to trust God and know that he will provide for what we need. Not too much or too little but just the right balance for sustaining. God does not want us to fall apart working 60+ hours a week, constantly on the computer working on things. God wants us to find rest and recoup. Time for Sabbath. Have you ever noticed when you work all the time, you do not have solid, quality time for God? Maybe a quick prayer of thanks here or there but that is it. When that happens our mind tends to wander and God fears for us that other things become over important and we lose sight of God.

Does your sabbath need to be on Sunday? NO!! Do not become so obsessed with the rules
that you lose sight of what God wants us to do. Just as our reading states above. Our sabbaths
might look a bit different for each of us. It could mean avoiding FaceBook or checking emails on the weekends.

Ultimately, it matters that we dedicate 24 hours a week (whether spaced out or at once) to rest, rejuvenate, and trust God to provide when our work hours cannot. The sabbath is for the sake of life.

Your SAM,