Hey Harvest Family,
This past week as we continued our series, Shabbat, we looked at “Delight.” We were reminded that first and foremost, from His love towards us and for us, God delights in us.
“The Lord your God …takes great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” — Zephaniah 3:17 (EHV)
Our God not only delights in us, but He also uniquely created us. Therefore, when it comes to Shabbat and looking at how we get to delight in Him, this will look different for each of us.
This is where you get to be the artist with your Shabbat. As you stop, as you rest, how will you delight with God, with how He created you, and with your community?
Remember that the things you try should produce in you the fruit of the Spirit of God. I love the way Eugene Peterson translated this passage in Galatians.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard — things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. — from Galatians 5:22-24
When we delight in God, this should be the outcome and fruit of that time with Him.
Two final things:
First, this will be a trial and error kind of thing. Try different things and ways to delight with God. There’s not one special, exact, specific way to delight with God, and this can change depending on the season of life you are in right now. Have fun with it.
Secondly, we recommend you follow a basic Sabbath ritual:
- Light two candles.
- Read a psalm.
- Bless the kids if they are there; bless one another.
- Share highlights of the week.
- Share what you are grateful for — “It would have been enough, but …”
- And then just celebrate life together.
For ways to delight, here are some options:
- Make pancakes.
- Play a game.
- Have a dance party.
- Play music.
- Get coffee with your best friend.
- Call a friend or family member who lives far away.
- Take a walk.
- Eat delicious food.
- Do your nails or favorite self-care activity.
- Go fishing or surfing or swimming.
- Be in nature.
- Watch the sun rise or set.
- Make a fire.
- Read fiction or poetry.
- Go to an art museum.
- Go on a picnic in a beautiful park.
We look forward to you embracing your Shabbat and continuing to learn to delight in and with God.