No working on the sabbath…

“Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God.” Exodus 20:8

Grandpa Ralph and Grandma Mildred Gillis - 1964

God rested on the seventh day of creation and felt it was important enough to make his Top Ten Commandments–for everyone, including animals.

My husband told me a story about when he was a teen and a Sunday visit to his grandparents’ farm in Southern Iowa. There were trees in the fence line that needed to be cut down, and being Grandpa was aging, they brought along a chainsaw to give him a hand. Somehow while working on a tree, the chainsaw blade got tangled in a branch, and in an effort to get it working again, the blade struck Glen’s father in the leg, causing a gash. The work ceased when Grandpa said,  “This is Sunday–no working.”

The story stuck with Glen as a witness to his grandparents’ faith. Even though they did not go to church, they had a Bible and knew the commandments.

Remind us, Lord, we become weak in the spirit when we pack seven days of work into our week. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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