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167/444 Healing from Infidelity: Intimate Graces of Sabbath

On the seventh day, God rests. Jewish texts prohibit thirty-nine specific acts during Sabbath--acts traditionally associated with the rebuilding of the temple of Jerusalem. If God could rest in creating the universe, God's people could rest in the building of the sacred temple...

But beyond the legalism is an idea that by saying no to making some things happen, deep permission arises for other things to happen. When we cease our daily labor, other things--love, friendship, prayer, singing, rest --can be born in the space created for rest. Walking with a friend, reciting a prayer, caring for children, sharing bread and wine with family and neighbors--those are intimate graces that need precious time and attention. 

            ~Wayne Muller