The practice of rest frees us form anxious productivity into rhythms of divine grace.
Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.” That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Yahweh is a sabbath-keeping God.
Yahweh is a sabbath-giving God.
"We keep Sabbath not because it makes us more productive at work. We keep it to resist the idol of productivity. We are more than what we produce."
— Rich Villodas
"People who keep sabbath live all seven days differently."
— Walter Brueggemann
Practice a sabbath this week.