The Seventh Day

Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV) “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

When I was a child, no retail establishment opened on Sunday because of something called “the blue law.” We accepted this and I remember Sundays being a day of family gatherings. Cousins playing in the backyard, adults talking and laughing, wonderful aromas of cooking food.

Looking back is not a good thing. We can never recapture the past and shouldn’t long for what used to be. We can, however, create something even better in our current lives. We can make a conscious effort to avoid retail establishments, yes, including restaurants. Instead of families going out to eat, why not make a family day at home? Invite other families to come and participate.

I know I can make any purchases I need during the week. I don’t need to go to a store on Sunday, but it has become an easy thing to do. Going out to eat with friends after church has been a fun thing to do. But what about the people who give up their family time to prepare and serve the food and greet and seat customers?

Today I declare a new Sunday rule for me. I will respect the holy day by avoiding retail establishments. One Sunday a month, my family gathers here for a meal together. I look forward to those Sunday afternoons. My heart is leading me to make these weekly events again. Sure, not everyone will attend each Sunday, but humans cannot change the world in the blink of an eye.

Faith needs to be fed in order to grow. God provides the means, but we need to take the action. One step at a time, one good deed at a time, one prayer at a time.

God moves us and talks to us if we only remain still and listen. I’m listening to Him today and looking forward to being a part of a change for the better in my life.

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