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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 11, 2017

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TUESDAY, July 11

Luke 23:56b—24:1 On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.

One of the fundamentals of our faith is the belief that God created the world. For six days, God creates, and God rests on the seventh. When the Israelites are wandering in the wilderness, God sends them food to eat all week long—but not on the sabbath. Even the women who prepare Jesus’ body and tomb rest on the sabbath. God tells us over and over again how important it is to keep this day sacred. So why is it so hard for us to actually do this?

Not working brings up all sorts of feelings of guilt for me. Am I doing enough? Should I try just one more project? But when I work too much, I don’t take care of myself, and that’s not a great example to be setting for my daughters. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to better model good self-care so that these growing young women understand how critically important self-care is for their holistic health. Keeping the sabbath is the most profound self-care we can offer ourselves and the deepest honor and respect for our beautiful and creative God.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you observe the sabbath? Is it working for you?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Okrika and Oleh (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c. 540.

Ps 5, 6 * 10, 11 | 1 Samuel 15:24-35 | Acts 9:32-43 | Luke 23:56b—24:11



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