Nearly every religious tradition encourages taking times of
pure rest. In the Jewish tradition this is called “Sabbath,” a complete break
from all work. Christians also observe Sabbath, yet differently: one Episcopal
priest calls Sabbath a time to do whatever you truly feel called to do and
nothing you feel you “should” do.
During the next 20 minutes, discuss questions such as the
following (or whatever else this topic brings up):
·Have you ever known times such as this? When? What made
them “sacred rest” for you?
·Do you regularly schedule such times in your life today?
Why or why not?
·If you do, how do you manage to do it? What’s it like for
·If you do not, how might you begin to create such
·What do you see as the benefits of Sabbath time or sacred
·What do you see as its challenges?
·What else do you want to talk about in relation to this