Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Carpe Diem, the Extraordinary Life (4): I've Got Rhythm

Audio file. Text is in notation form.

Psalm 92 (a song for Sabbath), Genesis 1.1 - 2.3, Exodus 20.8-11, Deuteronomy 5.12-15, Isaiah 58.9-14

My childhood rocking chair

To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart,
the harpooners of this world
must start to their feet from out of idleness,
and not from out of toil.
            Herman Melville
            frontispiece, Eugene Peterson, The Pastor: A Memoir, 2011
Two reasons people do not have enough time:
            doing too little and it catches up with them – get to work!
            doing too much and it catches up with them – get your rest!

All our work begins with the work of God.  If we work in a way that is separated from the work of God, our work will not last.  But if we trust in the Lord, rest in the Lord, wait for the Lord, we will discover our work to fit within the work of God – not only in terms of personal calling, but also in terms of creativity, productivity, energy, and even joy.

Two rhythms for our times:
            The day begins with evening
            The week climaxes with Sabbath

The day begins with evening
            Creation, “evening and morning, the first day”

Mark 4:26-29  "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,  27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.  28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.  29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."
            All our work begins with the work of God.

Psalm 127:2  It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.
            All our work begins with the work of God.
solving problems in our sleep, pre calc
working out our issues in our dreams

dad – avoid all nighters
            yet, prayed to live on less sleep

The week climaxes with Sabbath
            Exodus 20.1-11 (8-11) – rooted in creation
            Deuteronomy 5.12-15 – rooted in redemption (from Egypt, slavery)

"The meaning of Shabbat is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on Shabbat we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world."  From the synagogue prayer book

Sabbath:
            worship, “holy convocation”, Lev 23.3
                        “offering”, Lev 24.8
            justice (Isaiah 58), heal (Jesus, Mt 12.10-12)
            play (stop working, celebrate mysteries of creation)
            rest (cease)
                        A way of self-denial (denial of our anxiety & greed), Lev16.31,Is58
                        (Can’t go to bed unless the dishes are done!)

Rest, Hebrews 4.1-10 sabbath rest remains for the people of God
            trust in God = cease from your labor/works
            salvation
            anxiety – trust
            greed – enough
            Sleep like a baby
  
Spiritual practices for a world structured by deadlines and a world that defines us by the work we do:
1.       Take care of our trust issues
2.       Say “no” to work, with integrity
  1. Pick one new Sabbath practice to make a regular part of life

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