Well, with the Passover craziness that happened (aka, we didn’t start getting ready for Passover until the week of), I kind of missed posting on Wednesday.
So I’m coming at you late with a quick post, as we’re getting ready for Shabbat. Please forgive the thrown-togetherness of this post.
1. It’s a day of complete rest.
Shabbat is a day to set aside all ordinary work and just… well, just be. You don’t have to do anything.
The business of our everyday life is set aside and we can just rest and worship without interruption. And without thinking, “Okay, now that it’s the weekend I can go out and do the yard work.” Shabbat is a reminder that we don’t always have to be doing something. It’s a day set apart for God, to just be still… and know that He is God.
I still remember when my Dad announced that we were going to start doing Shabbat. It was like the best thing ever. “You mean…. We don’t have to do… any work? Like, I don’t have to wash the dishes?”
2. My family isn’t busy.
My family used to do this thing on birthdays, where whoever’s birthday it was got the day off. It was nice. Except that everyone else was to busy doing stuff to hang out with you while you were doing nothing. It got kind of boring sometimes.
This is why I love Shabbat evenings. Everyone is around the table with nowhere else to be. No one needs to working on something. We can just sit and enjoy each other, and have a nice family discussion. (And we always laugh, because no matter where the conversation starts, it always leads around to politics, haha. Good times, good times.)
3. The blessings.
I love the blessings! Blessing Yahweh for giving us bread and wine, and getting a blessing from Daddy. In the past, my dad has often given us all a collective blessing, but I really appreciate it when he takes the time to give us each a separate blessing. Either way, receiving a blessing every week is so special.
4. The music!
I almost forgot about this! We have a playlist of Shabbat music videos that we watch almost every week. It just adds to the joy and excitement of starting Shabbat. 😀 Oh, yeah, Baby!
One of our favorites is I’ve Got a Feeling (The Shabbat Song)
I also love listening to worship music on Shabbat. Well, I like listening to worship music anytime, but for some reason it seems extra special on Shabbat. 🙂
5. We get to do it every week.
God knows we need a Shabbat every week. Some argue that the Shabbat was done away with when Yeshua came, and we don’t need it anymore because we now have Him as our rest. (You can decide for yourself whether to believe this or not.) I agree that the only place that you can truly find rest is in Yeshua. But I can tell you from experience, it’s so easy to get caught up in the business of our fast-paced lives; I’m so incredibly glad God gave us a weekly reminder to slow down and realize that He is indeed our rest.
Shabbat Shalom, y’all! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂