We have begun “Affirming our Baptism” as Luther begins the Small Catechism: with the Ten Commandments. More than a list of things to avoid or things to do, the Ten Commandments show us what it looks like to live as God’s people; they show us the kind of community God has in mind.
Today we’ll consider how the third commandment contributes to our life together. What does it look like to “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy?” Why is this an important part of the community God has in mind?
From the very creation of the world, the rhythm of life included six days of work and one day of rest. For six days we share in God’s power to create, then we pause long enough to reorient ourselves toward our Creator and to be refilled by the Holy Spirit. This is the intention of “sabbath rest.”
Although Sunday is our holy day…the day we most frequently gather…most people no longer set aside the entire day for reorienting and recharging and refocusing for the week ahead. Frankly, even we, your pastors, do laundry, go grocery shopping, and watch football on Sunday afternoon and we don’t consider our salvation to be in jeopardy for it. We do, however, struggle to intentionally “keep the sabbath holy” at other times and in other ways; we struggle to step outside of time long enough to reorient ourselves completely toward God and to allow the Holy Spirit to refill us enough to handle whatever lies ahead.
May you do the same. May you find a way to step out of the normal routine long enough to be in a holy presence and to allow the Holy Spirit to fill you so that you can continue to pour out love, joy, peace, patience and kindness on the world around you.