Thursday, June 16, 2005

middle schoolers and sabbat...

LCBC Gang, originally uploaded by Run Steve Run.

One of the things we love is having people over at our home, and we especially love having friends crash here when they are traveling through town. This week, Jason Mitchell (Lancaster County Bible Church– PA) and his middle school leaders (Ryan, Chad, Duff, Sean here with Jason) arrived for the Creative Infusion conference at Daybreak Church have taken over our house (in a good way).

They told me last night, that they were discussing the concept of Sabbath on the drive up and were trying to envision what a “Sabbath rest” looks like for a middle schooler (kinda blows one’s impressions of stereotypical middle school leaders who wear Christian t-shirts and are obsessed with gross food games, doesn’t it?).

I thought it was a great question.

We talked last night about how a sabbat seems to be incorporated in to the natural rhythms of work and rest created by God. I have read that there was a Jewish phrase that described busyness as “running ahead of the wind” and this probably where we get the expression of “losing our breath” or ‘getting winded.” A sabbath rest seems to be the space we make in our lives where we stop “to catch our breath” less become exhausted.

So back to the question… what does that look like for a middle schooler?

It seems like the rhythms we establish for our children and/or students are the ones that get hard-wired into our lives as we grow up. This question, in my mind, is profound and potentially revolutionary.

Any thoughts out there? And more personally, how is sabbat a part of your own life rhythm?


At Mon Aug 29, 03:52:00 PM GMT-5, Blogger jj smith said...

Steve...I am going to interact with this conversation through what my wife and I are trying to incorporate into our new family. New family b/c we just got married 3 months ago.

I had read a bit of Abraham Joshua Heschel's book The Sabbath, and from that little bit I decided that the Sabbath was essential to our physical, mental, spiritual, and relational health. So we are trying to keep the Sabbath.

For us it is on Saturdays b/c we both do not have work. We spend time togeter resting, sleeping, eating, hanging out with friends in a relaxed manner, and enjoy not having plans. Recently we have get captured by the mystery and magic of the Chronicles of Narnia and while we were at the park my wife read to me while I enjoyed an smoke with my pipe (which my wife and I got for each other as wedding gifts)
Our faith community offers services on Saturday nights so we try to go the gatherings not having to worry about youth programs, childrend programs, meetings, etc. You know the stuff that Sundays usually get bogged down with for a Pastor's family.

Observations so far: we notice a difference when we are not able to celebrate the sabbath for some reason. two, we are still shaping what it looks like thus taking any advice from veterans, and I am (little by little) researching the Scriptures and the Jewish community for spiritual depth.

Anyone can feel free to give suggestions.

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