Dear Westminster Friends and Family,

While some front line workers are more stretched than ever (and thank God for you!), others are learning to cope with what I am calling a “forced sabbath” during this pandemic. 

The idea of a Sabbath goes back to the beginning of time.

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:2-3

It is not that God needed to rest.  Instead, he wanted the idea of a sabbath rest hard-wired into the rhythm of the created order.  There is a day when people cease from their labor to recognize even when we stop, the work of God continues.  It is the same reason he taught the Hebrews to mark sunset as the beginning of a new day.  He wanted to know when they awoke in the morning, God had already been at work through the night, and his people were joining in labor already initiated.  In short, we are not as important as we think we are, and even more critically, our value and worth come not from what we do but who we are.

Read that last sentence again.  Our value and worth come not from what we do but who we are.  If you are struggling with a loss of productivity in these days or you are floundering because you are not able to get things accomplished, please take it easy on yourself.  In some ways, this forced sabbath may be just what we need to remind us the true source of our self-worth.

Pastor Daniel