Posted by: Susan Gaddis | September 19, 2009

Sabbath Identity

summer and fall 06 100 (2)Sabbath requires us to define our identity by who we are rather than what we do. One day out of each week we put aside our “doing” and focus on “being.”

Since who we are is so intimately connected to Whose we are, the day should naturally create space to talk with Jesus, dance with the Spirit, and walk with the Father.

I love it when my children just want to hang out with me. Grandchildren give me great joy when they say things like, “I’m not old. I’m new!” What an important comment from a child! Does not our Father enjoy the same relationship with us?

Our identity is partially formed by who we hang out with and how we interpret ourselves in the light of those relationships. When we hang out with the Lord all day on our Sabbath, our perspective on ourselves and our life gains clarity. The stuff of “doing” takes its rightful place behind the “being.”

Kathleen Casey elaborates on this in Sabbath Presence, Appreciating the Gifts of Each Day, “We have been sanctified by God, not because of what we do, but because of the one who made us holy. Sabbath isn’t a relationship with God, but it does put me in a more conducive environment to be attentive to the relationship that already exists.”



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  2. Love this! it is SO all about our relationship with our Father. I miss you, Susan. This is a wonderful way to keep in touch with you. Thank you. Kiss Tom for me.

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