Why The Sabbath and Prayer?
Christ says something important in reference to the Sabbath. “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” The Sabbath was made for man, a very important point is made here. Why did God choose to make a Sabbath for us? Why that quiet time? The body needs regeneration, just like other things do. The heart, body, and soul need to re-charge, re-connect with the divine, get into a flow that is not of this world. Even being in a community with those of faith and making that divine connection in community can be a blessing. When we don’t have that rest, quiet we get so caught up in the world, in ego, the things of the world, looking for love etc.. in all the wrong places.
I felt the pull towards the arts and ministry for the longest time, but I couldn’t figure out how the two were connected. I tried to figure it out without guidance, community, sacred truths, sacred connection, without quiet time or real prayer time, time where I focused on being grateful, even when things were not as I wished they were. After a good portion of my life going in circles, I realized that what I was doing wasn’t working. I was caught up in comparing myself to others, what they had “achieved’ etc.. that I wasn’t looking at our Creator’s definition of success or really looking to that divine voice, one on one with God, the Trinity, and not in a community. I also had a specific map of how I wanted things to go and be, rather than letting the Trinity guide me on their roadmap for my life. When I stopped having specific expectations, asking for all toxic etc.. strongholds to be removed in my life through divine, sacred connection and community, taking things one day at a time, things shifted for the better. By having no specific expectations of God, no written in stone roadmap demanding God make happen for me, I was able to focus, get clarity in those times of quiet, quiet meditation, and also in community prayer. In that focus, in that Sabbath, my creativity has been able to flourish and my understanding of how to combine the arts and ministry. Allow yourself a Sabbath, each day when you awaken, even just 10 minutes of prayerful meditation and gratitude. Find a faith community that does speak sacred truths, not those of the world, but of the divine and the holy, which for me is Christian sacred scripture and Christ. Namaste, Shalom and Amen!