I love Sundays.
I was thinking about this today as I was cleaning my bathroom. Gideon was napping and I was happy to take the opportunity to tidy my house. I was blissfully happy scrubbing my toilet. And I thought about how restful it was for me to put my house in order, how this was exactly how I wanted to spend my afternoon.
Growing up my Mom was pretty strict about the Sabbath. We weren't allowed to watch tv, play outside, or participate in any non-church activities on Sundays. I never remember my Mom cooking on Sundays when we were little. She definitely didn't once we were older as she said it was her day off. Things changed a little when we moved to Oregon and we were allowed to watch tv and use the computer on Sundays.
I was in my late teens before I really started to take pleasure in the Sabbath. I had always viewed the Sabbath as a hindrance to my play, rather than a break from my work. But when we started going to church with Silas's family my view of Sabbath really began to change. The people at this church did Sundays in a completely different way than I had ever seen. They really enjoyed them.
We were frequently invited to the Snider's home for lunch after church. I remember once looking at dessert and remarking that I shouldn't have any because I was watching my weight and one of my friend's mothers saying "But Sunday is a feast day. You're supposed to enjoy it!" It was a revelation.
Now Sundays are my favorite day of the week. We spend them together as a family. Our church plant meets in the evenings so we usually sleep late in the mornings and Silas sometimes makes breakfast that he, Gideon and I will eat in bed. Then we might hang out at home until the evening or we might go out to lunch. Sometimes we go the mall to walk around and maybe get a chocolate at the Godiva shop.
Unlike when I was growing up, we only have one rule (so far) for Sunday; No stressing on the Sabbath. For us that means no talking about money or any contentious subjects such as politics. Sunday is the day we recharge from a week full of the worries and cares of this world. Ah, Sunday, that is our day to stop everything and enjoy.
Jesus said "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." It's a beautiful day of rest, worship and communion. A day to and to enjoy the gifts God has given to us. And I am so thankful for it.
Do you celebrate the Sabbath? What do you do to recharge at the end of a long week?
[Added 9/13/11: I wanted to make sure it's clear that my Mom did FEED us on Sundays - she just didn't cook a meal like she usually did the rest of the week!]