Good Morning God,
I just had this lovely thought. This “cell” wasn’t so much to keep St. Kevin IN as it was to keep the world OUT. And it is the same with the Sabbath Day.
It is designed to PROTECT US. . . NOT CONSTRICT US.
How very sad that the orthodox church twisted the intent. Indeed, God, how sad it is that organized religions so often get off track.
This morning’s 7:00 a.m. service at Central Union celebrated the ascension of Christ. I was thinking, God, about how REALLY HARD it is for You (even YOU) to change long standing expectations. Because, there in the first chapter of Acts the disciples are asking Jesus about WHEN IS YOUR KINGDOM [on earth] TO BE ESTABLISHED? They were still thinking You were going to replace Rome with . . . ?
And, I am quite sure that I have long standing cultural expectations that keep me from Your Path. Certainly, a lot of those have to do with the whole idea of the Sabbath. Six days shall you WORK and on the seven day you shall do no work. You shall rest. That seems clear enough. But, my lawyer mind asks (not unreasonably) WHAT IS WORK? And what is REST? And all of this was muddied by the kill joys who outlawed dancing and card playing and everything but smiling.
In this Ultra Busy world of 24/7 we are especially hard pressed to refrain from work and to rest.
OK. For me, this morning, I hear. GO SLOW. Yes, I can play at clearing my desk — but not actually working on the stuff lurking on it. I can make my home look pretty! Interesting point about PRETTY.
And, perchance, I might want to list the nudges I am hearing — have heard — from You and consider doing them as WORSHIP TIME. Ah, worship as in Entering into Your Time . . .
And now, down to a leisurely breakfast with Kit. ALL PRAISES BE TO YOU, GOD. You who want to give us Life Abundant.