We are in this time that may seem like one long break. We are not carrying the same, everyday concerns of our previous, before-pandemic lives, but most of us have certainly claimed new worries and anxieties:
Grief from the tens of thousands of losses, heart-breaking stories of frontline health workers and other essential people risking their lives, concerns about our own health or that of our vulnerable parents and grandparents —
–it is all too much.
Shabbat is the day that invites you to lay your burdens down for a bit.
You can pick them up later. I promise.
What might you put down for 24 hours?
Would you be able to give yourself a break from whatever is troubling you – just so you can get some space to breathe and restore and renew your soul?
What might it be like for you to instead fill those 24 hours with that which brings you joy and laughter?
Perhaps inspiration? Music and poetry? Walks in nature? Working in the garden?
We need Shabbat. Taking a break helps us cope with the brokenness we are experiencing globally, and personally.
Please let me know in the comments what you might put down for Shabbat – and what you might pick up.
Blessings and Shabbat Shalom
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