Pause

Sabbath \ SA – bihth \ noun

A special day of resting that we think we’re bigger than, even though God is not.

from Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms (2008)

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Listen

Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That’s why the Lord your God commands you to keep the Sabbath day.

Deuteronomy 5:15

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Think

There’s a line that many parents have said to their children through the years: “Remember who you are and whose you are.” Figuring out who we each are is one of the ongoing tasks of life, no matter our age. Who I am today is quite different from who I was in high school, and I bet that who I am later in life will be different from who I am today. That’s a gift from God!

As I grow more fully into whom God is shaping me to be, Sabbath helps me to better understand “who I am and whose I am.” I am much more than a sum of my best or worst decisions in life, and I’m much more than my job, my house, or my favorite sports team. I am a child of God!

Tony Vincent

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Pray

God, use a “holy pause” in my week to remind me of who I am and whose I am. I am deeply thankful that I am your child! Amen.

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Go

Words of life, words of hope
give us strength, help us cope;
in this world where’er we roam
God’s ancient words will guide us home.

from “Ancient Words” by Lynn Deshazo (2001)

Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent is Associate Minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Seneca, South Carolina. A native of South Carolina, Tony holds degrees from the University of South Carolina and the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. Tony is married to Kristen and they have twin daughters, who will soon begin kindergarten.

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