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Sabbath Prayer

Dear Lord,

On this day, at this hour, we remember that You are the Sabbath rest.  That you have won for us and given us rest ineffable.

Thank you that today we don’t need to run around frantically or in hurry.  We don’t need to spend money or buy things to be fulfilled.  We don’t need to chase after winds of pleasure that never fully satisfy.  We reject the empty lies so often trumpeted around us: that in exhaustion and consumption and limitlessness we find meaning.  Instead we proclaim with joy that we have clear limits and that we are not in control.  We rejoice, then, in our weakness and take refuge in you, knowing that You are enough.  And on all days, at all times, You are enough, even to the deepest longings of our souls.

Today we celebrate life.  We live in your kingdom on earth. 

Open our senses to hear the whisper of Your Spirit, the burning of Your beauty, the power of Your name.  Lord, refresh us this day to live anew in You.

Through Christ our Lord,