"Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy....six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work..."

God's Fourth Commandment was not a "suggestion." He/she was actually quite serious about its being an important routine...to be shared with others nearby.

Last century the work horses here in southern Minnesota needed that day to recuperate from the stress of working sun up to sun down to bring in the harvest. Their legs and spirits would give out without a day to spend in the pasture without the harness.

Tractors and combines don't need rest. But we do. We will "crash" if we demand stressful and unbroken activity of our body and spirit. Whether work is for pay or not, it keeps the mind focused on the down-to-earth activity and not on the spiritual or holy plane. It is so easy to ignore the Fourth Commandment if we do not realize that it benefits us only if kept holy.

My personal observation of the Sabbath now includes keeping silence and then reading and writing. It never fails to recharge my spirit.

Barbara Upton