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Husband John and I were lying in bed the other morning when he said, “Oh, my,” in a tone that suggested he had forgotten to pay taxes for the last 10 years.
“What’s wrong?” I asked, worried about what he would say.
“I forgot we’re having a joint early service at 9:30 for Transfiguration Sunday today, and it’s already 9:15.”
“Isn’t it Saturday?” I asked “Tomorrow is Sunday.”
“Oh,” he said, “thank goodness.”
I have to admit that since he and I are both retired now we sometimes have trouble remembering whether it’s Saturday, Sunday, Monday or any other day of the week.
It reminds me of the Geico commercial where the camel comes into his work place asking, “Julie, Julie, what day is it?”
“It’s hump day,” Julie answers begrudgingly.
“Whoo, hoo, it’s hump day!” the camel responds.
The Bible talks about days of the week, and sometimes they matter. For instance, “remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy” is one of the commandments cited in Exodus 20: 8-11. The Jews particularly emphasized this commandment, making sure to stop work during that day — and even designating specifically what constituted work and what didn’t. Even the work animals were expected to be allowed to rest on the Sabbath.
Remember the day when “blue laws” required businesses to be closed on Sunday? And even those that were open were only allowed to sell certain products? Boy, that’s sure gone by the wayside. The only fast-food restaurant I know that’s closed on Sunday is Chick-fil-A.
When I’m feeling poorly on Sunday morning and thinking I’m just not up to going to church, I think about the businesses that are open and ask myself if I’m up to going to Walmart or Wendy’s. If the answer is yes, then I get dressed and off to Sunday service.
Should we “keep the Sabbath” these days? I leave that up to you and God, but I do think we all need to take time to worship the Lord and to rest from our labors. How about you?
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.