Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

Sabbath is a time, a place, a space, to rest from the hurried and frantic pace of life and to sit with the question that Jesus is asking our friend Bartimaeus…What do you really want, and what do you want me to do about it?

Sabbath is where the rubber meets the road, where we create room in our schedules, in our lives, in our minds, and in our hearts for God to be present with us as we practice being present with him.

Sabbath is full body, mind, and heart confession that we cannot really heal ourselves, that we can’t really fix our problems, that our desires and the longings of our hearts cannot be satisfied apart from God’s abiding joyful presence.

Sabbath is entering into the reality that we desperately need God to intervene in our lives, to bring healing, to bring peace, to bring harmony, to bring heaven on earth in and through our lives this very week.

Sabbath is resting our faith in and on Jesus Christ, the lord of sabbath, giving him relational trust and loyalty, to be with us as we ache and need and desire, as well as to meet and satisfy our deepest longings.

Sabbath takes place in a community.