Shabbat

20120728-103113.jpg Tasting the World to Come

(2nd to last episode in a ‘Thinking Out Loud’ series)

Shabbat.

The week is nearly done. People are racing around, leaning into Shabbat. All are chasing it; smelling it; sensing it; aching for it.

Rest.

A woman’s hands light the candles whilst praying, ‘Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe…’ The time has been demarcated. Sanctity has been placed. The portal is open.

Liminality is unleashed.

A man lifts a cup of wine, and gives thanks to the One who creates the fruit of the vine. The Joy of Shabbat is internalised.

A man lifts bread, gives thanks to the One who brings it forth from the earth. Echoes of Easter Morning, where the Bread of Heaven is truly brought forth from the earth.

Echoes of Eucharist.

A sacred meal. A sacred, anamnetic moment. Outside nearly all is quiet. Peaceful. Restful.

Shabbat.

‘Peace! Be still!’ A command to the creation. Creation unhesitatingly obeys.

‘Cease striving, and know that I am God.’ A command that created humanity struggles to obey.

The command restated, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and beset with burdens, and I will give you rest.’

Rest.

Rest from worry, anxiety, fear. Rest from striving, pushing, grabbing, hoarding. Rest from responsibility for success, provision, protection.

It is the offer of Freedom.

All we need do is Trust. For one day. Trust that he will feed, clothe, care, and sustain. Trust that we, through the Thin Place of the Shabbat Table, have entered in to the Tent of the Living One. He offers us hospitality, security, provision. Freedom. Rest.

Shabbat is a day of Trust.

A Day in which we get a taste of the World to Come, the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

Enter into his Shabbat Rest.

Trust and be free.

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~ by eikonministries on July 28, 2012.

 
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