This past weekend I was in Myrtle Beach with the good folks from First Presbyterian, Sumter for their annual congregational retreat. They were a fun, lively group of folks who got it.
As I often do with groups, I shared the ten principles of the Sabbath Manifesto (things like light candles, drink wine, avoid technology) and asked people to get in groups and offer additional principles. They wrote these on post-it notes and we put them on a flip chart.
I find the list inspiring and joy-filled. Some are activities; some are states of mind.
Which ones resonate with you?
- Solitary time
- Find balance
- Remembering God is a focus for our day intentionally
- Involve the world outside the family
- Find your quiet place to pray and meditate
- Cup of coffee
- Stay attentive to your family and children
- Communal/family meals
- Celebrate life--past, present, future
- Avoid negativity--push F9 to "refresh" and renew
- Incorporate the church family in Sabbath practice (covered dish) alternate classes as servers
- Finding joy in the day
- Take better case of ourselves; as a result we take care of others
- Give back
- Simplify transportation
- Place priority on our personal relationships... church, personal, familial
- Turn off TV
- Read Bible and other spiritual material
- Keep spiritual journal
- Identify what restores you. Be conscious of it and realize it is a gift from God and to God
- Don't get "overchurched"
- Turn off TV
- Study the Bible
- Family dining time
- Find a resting place