Rest in the Sabbath

Prayer For Sabbath

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You are the Author of Love and Life.
You have given us the opportunity to work this past week the privilege of serving You and Your Kingdom in visible and invisible ways.

For the work of our hands and heart, we thank You.

We thank you for the things we did out of duty and the things we did out of delight for projects, demands, chores, sore muscles and acts of kindness for all that was planned and unplanned.

Lord, receive it as our gift to You.

For all that was left undone because of distraction or laziness, forgive us, Lord Jesus.
For all that was left undone because we obeyed the Spirit’s leading, we recognize Your handiwork and give You thanks.

Now, the Sabbath lies before us and we are ready to cross the threshold.
Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the world
You created and crafted this day of Sabbath Rest.
You bless it.
You crown it with glory.
You call it holy.
Through it, You call us out of darkness into Your love and light.
It is to be a day of refreshment and celebration.
It is a day of devotion and delight. Set apart since the beginning of time,
You alone release us from the bondage of duty and demand.
As Your chosen people, we will embrace this day of Sabbath Rest.
In keeping it, we remember You as our Creator and Rescue Redeemer.
We do this now, with joy.

Enter our home and hearts today.


Dear Lord, help me to make every Sabbath about you. Quiet my heart, give rest to my soul, and refocus my spirit for true renewal comes only from you. Holy Spirit please help me to be intentional with my time and worship, and encourage me to find rest in you alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 New International Version (NIV)

The Seasons of our Lives

The Seasons of the Year – Winter

There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
Father God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation
buds breaking
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
Now the sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives
reviving aching joints
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a perfect model.
We need a winter in our lives
a time of rest, a time to stand still
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime
to blossom and flourish
bring colour and vitality into this world
your garden.
Thank you Father
for the seasons of our lives

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