Sabbath

Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word that means “to cease, to stop working.”

“Sabbath provides for us … rhythm for an entire reorientation of our lives around the living God. On Sabbaths we imitate God by stopping our work and resting. . . .

“Our culture knows nothing of setting aside a whole day (twenty-four hours) to rest and delight in God. Like most, I always considered it an optional extra, not something absolutely essential to discipleship…. Living in a fallen world is much like being in a blizzard. Without the Sabbath, we easily find ourselves lost and unsure of the larger picture of God and our lives. I am convinced that nothing less than an understanding of Sabbath as a command from God, as well as an incredible invitation, will enable us to grab hold of this rope God offers us.” (Rope referring to a line to safety in a blizzard)

“The Sabbath calls us to build the doing of nothing into our schedule each week.”

– Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, p. 163, 165.

Awesome Date Day!

Last night both of our daughters spent the night at friends’ houses, which meant that Adriana and I got to enjoy some date time. Last night we went out for a late night dinner, and today we enjoyed a wonderful day out east on Long Island. We drove out the north fork, stopping to pick blackberries, visit a winery, have dinner in Greenport, walk the beach in Orient Point, and watch the sunset. It was a very relaxing, refreshing, and relational day. I love my babe!

Brief Visit from Mom and Dad

Last Thursday my parents wrapped up a week-long vacation traveling in Canada and around the north-eastern US and were able to stop by for a day to visit. It was brief, but it was really great spending time with them. Claudia hasn’t seen Nana and Pappy in two years, so it was especially great for her. We went to Smash Burger, a nice drive around our area, and spent a few hours playing at a park. Adriana had to work, but when she got home we went out for some awesome NY pizza. Love when we can spend time with our family!

View of NYC a few miles from our home.