Hudson River Presbytery has begun a monthly “Pastors’ Sabbath” at Holmes Camp and Conference center. It’s 24 hours in the woods of Putnam County, a time for pastors to decompress and spend time with God. I went last week, and came back so refreshed.
Sabbath practice can be hard for all of us—we are all so busy. But there is a reason why it is one of the Ten Commandments; even God rested one day a week, and we are also to rest. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”(Exodus 20:8) Pastors are often reminded to take care of ourselves. And this pastor wants to remind YOU, my readers, to do the same thing.
- What brings you rest and refreshment?
- What do you do that makes you absolutely lose track of time, and be absorbed in the joy of the doing?
- What helps you to be the best person you can be?
- What makes you feel closer to God?
All of these are “Sabbath questions”, ways to build Sabbath rest into our lives, ways to be drawn closer to the joy who rejoices in our joys. I encourage each of you to carve out time in your lives to dis-engage from the everyday, that you may “practice Sabbath” and be refreshed, as was God. (See Exodus 31: 17) If even God needs a break, some “down time” how much more do we, God’s creatures?