What is the Sabbath Day and what does it mean to our family? We have always started Sunday mornings by heading to church and spending time in fellowship. My husband and I grew up going to church twice on Sunday so this has been ingrained in us from when we were children. Most Sundays are spent with our immediate family, extended family, or friends. We usually have lunch together and spend time enjoying one another’s company. Hiking, swimming, walking, resting or sitting down with a good book are ways we usually spend our afternoons. Usually, if our kids have activities on Sunday mornings we like them to go to church first before their activities. Do work, errands and children’s activities disturb our Sunday schedule? Yes, of course, we are not perfect but this is our goal and when Sundays become like the rest of the week we try again the following week. Sabbath Day gives us rest from the busy week and helps us to recharge for the new week ahead.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. ——Matthew 11: 28-30
Our family has chosen Sundays to be our Sabbath day. We had spent some Sundays with my mom or others at our home (before COVID restrictions). On one of these Sundays, I remember my daughter saying that she really liked just relaxing and spending time together.
We have decided to try not to do homework or household chores on our Sabbath day. My kids have had a hard time adjusting to not doing homework on this day. They have had to be more proactive and finish all their work by Saturday night and have found this hard.
I am trying to incorporate some Bible reading or some devotional time but we are still adjusting to it. It has been a good time to just spend with my girls doing something together and bonding. I have really liked that. And the days when I am alone it gives me time for myself and for reflection. Overall I have really liked it and have gotten a book to learn more about Sabbath. I definitely think it is something we will continue to do.