finding sabbath

I’ve known many Christians who say they had to leave the church to discover Sabbath. Indeed, unplugging from a church can have the same effect as unplugging from the Internet or a demanding job. Suddenly the days seem longer, fuller, and more saturated with color. It’s like climbing out of a too-small space and drinking in fresh air again, or like rolling down the windows on an open road and letting the wind wreck your hair. You go on hikes and explore new spiritual practices involving prayer beads and meditation. You talk about how the oaks are your cathedral, the honeysuckles your incense, and the river over the rocks your hymn. You entertain the idea of taking up a new hobby—origami, perhaps, or yoga—and start writing poetry again. This lasts for a good three weeks until one morning you decide to try an episode of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix and the next thing you know, it’s dinnertime and you still haven’t put on a bra. Things can devolve rather quickly.

– Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday

a word from Oscar Romero

[this is today’s reading from the Prayer Book – thinking and praying for the Middle East today, this seems quite relevant]

Historical moments will change,
but God’s design will ever be the same:
to save human beings in history.
Therefore, the church,
Entrusted with carrying out God’s design,
Cannot be identified with any historical design.
The church could not be the ally of the Roman Empire
Or of Herod
Or of any king on earth
Or of any political strategy.
It will enlighten them all
But it will always remain authentically
The one that proclaims salvation history,
God’s design.

– Oscar Romero, December 9th, 1979