A Sabbath Moment

March 19, 2019
by Kenn Stright

Psalm 46:10-11 – "Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (NRSV)

In a busy world, Sabbath is something that we need to seek intentionally. People need to pursue Sabbath moments in life. People in the church and in society alike need concrete examples of how to create Sabbath — in their car, through their lifestyle, while engaged in daily activities.

In the storms of life, Jesus created Sabbath moments in various situations and found the presence and peace of God.

Mark 4:37-38a – But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. (NLT)

Luke 6:12 – One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. (NLT)

Luke 9:18a – One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him. (NLT)

Luke 22:39 – He came out and went [to pray], as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. (NRSV)

It is essential for us to model what we believe. We have to show people first what Sabbath means to us. We have to show the world what it means to be observers of Sabbath in a world always on the go.

Prayer: Speak to us, Lord, as we seek You again and again in the stillness of a Sabbath moment, a pause in the pace, a quiet in the quickness of the day, until Sabbath shall at last become for us a hallowed discipline, a familiar way of life, a moment with You. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Such a needed word, Kenn.


    Thank you, Kenn, for this encouragement to rest in the Lord.


    So true, thanks Kenn.
    Blessings.


    Hello Kenn,
    Excellent devotional today, truly a blessing! Thank you.


    I was happy to see that you wrote today’s devotion. Thank you!
    (ON)


    Good writing. I often find the “thin” places when I take those sabbath moments.


    Yes, Ken, let’s continually find moments to spend time with the Lord, on the Sabbath and daily. Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    I never thought of a nap as a Sabbath moment, what a fascinating image of Jesus asleep in the midst of a storm.
    Very thought provoking.
    Thank you.


    A lovely thought today Kenn. Thanks for sharing. Yes, there is a difference between Sabbath and The Sabbath. Now in my senior years, I am enjoying my frequent daily Sabbaths.
    Blessings on all your days!
    (Ontario.)


    Hello Kenn,
    Thank you for writing this devotional as it emphasizes how special it is to take time in quiet space to pray and spend time communicating with our loving Lord.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Thanks, Kenn.
    The one Bible verse I repeat often; that and “God is love”. For some reason reading your devotional reminds me of how much is missed without Bible studies. There haven’t been any here for quite a few years, the last I went to were at the local Baptist church.
    Do have a good day.
    Blessings.


    Hello Kenn
    This was so good. I never really thought of those times with God as Sabbath moments! Yes, we all need to seek those moments as often as possible! it is like getting a fantastic vitamin a shot and power to keep going and to see things the way God sees things not the way the world sees.
    God bless you and yes, I really like the ‘Sabbath Moments’ concept.


    Dear Kenn Stright,
    I have always thought of Sabbath more as my dictionary says: Sabbath
    1. the seventh day of the week (Saturday) set aside by the fourth Commandment for rest and worship and observed as such by Jews and some Christians sects
    2. Sunday as the usual Christian day of rest and worship
    3. a period of rest. adj. of the Sabbath
    I cannot understand the way in which you are using the word “Sabbath” in the PresbyCan Daily Devotional of today.
    Thanks for the clues in your prayer.


    Thank you for your message Kenn. As I read your message, I started to reflect on my Sabbath moments. I love to pray out loud to the Lord when I am out taking a nature walk and appreciating this beautiful earth our Lord made.
    I also love praying, again out loud. in my car when I am travelling alone. Perfect opportunity to pray.
    I thank the Lord daily for each day and ask him to walk with me and be with me as my day unfolds.
    I really appreciated your gentle reminder.
    God’s blessings.

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