Christians celebrate Sabbath at the beginning of the week, to commemorate Jesus' resurrection. We remember the tender gratefulness of Mary, who went out in the early morning to weep for a beloved friend who had died---only to hear his loving voice comfort and caress her. Sabbath implies a willingness to be surprised by unexpected grace, to partake of those potent moments when creation renews itself, when what is finished inevitably recedes, and the sacred forces of healing astonish us with the unending promise of love and life. When we gather together to worship and pray in the Sabbath time, we prepare our hearts and souls to be nourished and surprised by fruitful beginnings.
~ Wayne Muller