A Much Needed Sabbath

My life can be somewhat complicated to say the least. I’m the Associate Pastor at a growing church. I have two teenage sons with mental health issues (one of which stayed up all night and all of the next day this past week). And, to top it off, I experienced my first colonoscopy this past Friday (at age 59). The preparation for the above mentioned procedure was anything but pleasant, although it was not near the torture that I expected it to be.

Gratefully, I only had one small polyp (which the doctor did not seem concerned with) and hopefully this is something I will not have to do again for a while (I am rooting for 10 years), although I won’t know that for sure until I see the doctor in a couple of weeks. I am writing all of this, not to talk about insurance, (although it seems as if all of my waking hours have been on hold with BlueCross BlueShield since October), nor the excellent care I received at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas (although the nurses and anesthetists all look like they were barely out of high school), but about the joys of worshiping our Lord on His day.

I really needed this one day in seven to be reminded of God’s grace, of His care for me and my family, of the great grace which He has poured out on me through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that life is about more than the issues that this fallen world thrusts upon me. God knows how much mankind needs a Sabbath. Thus, when we gather with God’s people on His day, and read His Word, and preach His Word, and sing His Word, and pray His Word, and affirm His Word, it nourishes our souls just as much as a juicy steak nourishes our physical bodies.

Never, ever take the Lord’s Day for granted. He has given it to you for His glory and for your good. As the writer of Hebrews warned: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) As tired as I am after a long day with God’s people, it is a good tired; a fulfilled tired; and a blessed tired.

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