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Hear what Jesus says:

Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great law.

And the second is similar: Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

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Listen

Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way.

Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you. Because the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days, but rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:7-11

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Think

Of all the commandments (literally “words”) of God, the one to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy is by far the longest.

God is telling us something serious. Stop. Breathe. Rest. Bless.

Science today is affirming the importance of disconnecting. One way of disconnecting, of keeping sabbath, is being bored. Boredom gives our brains a chance to process all the stuff we’ve experienced in the course of our day. This down time allows our imaginations to work. Boredom creates space for our God-given creativity to wind its way through our experiences, things we’ve seen and heard, and pieces of our day, and weave them together in new, holy, and inspiring ways.

We can’t work our way into creativity. We sabbath our way there.

Instead of reaching for your smartphone when you’re standing in line, try using that moment to keep sabbath. Take a walk… without any earphones. Sit for ten minutes and do nothing.

Keep sabbath and reconnect with the creative Holy Spirit of God.

Laurie Brock

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Pray

This day is busy, God. I have many things to do. Some will be done and others will be left undone. Guide me that I may take time this day to be present to you, to be in silence so I may feel the presence of your creative Spirit in these seemingly boring moments. Amen.

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Go

We are Christ’s presence of love in the world.

How will you share this love with those you meet today in what you think, in what you say, and in what you do?

Laurie Brock

The Rev. Laurie Brock is an Episcopal priest serving as Rector of St. Michael the Archangel in Lexington, Kentucky. Her second book, on the spiritual lessons horses teach us, will be published in the spring. Nina, her American Saddlebred horse, is very excited her holy horse wisdom will be shared with others.

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