"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work..."
Growing up Sundays were a day with family and as a family we attended church together. My Dad did not always go with us but Mom never failed to find us a ride to Sunday school and church. After church families would gather on the lawn of church and everyone would have "dinner on the ground" together or you invited another family home with you for Sunday dinner. I miss these times as today we don't invite someone over for Sunday dinner but head to a restaurant for our meal.
I remember one year, I think it was 1987, my sweetie and I had traveled across country visiting with family and friends. We were heading back west, had spent the night in Elk City, OK, got up early to get back on the road and had driven as far as a Liberal, a small city in Kansas. We were both getting hungry so we decided to stop for a bite of lunch. There was no food to be had as everything was closed. It was the Sabbath day and not even a gas station was open to get a soft drink and a bag of chips. We both commented that it was really great to see businesses closed so their employees could spent time with family and attend church together.
Today it is a rarity to see businesses closed on any holiday much less on the Sabbath. The almighty dollar and what it can buy rules our lives. Spend time with your family this Sabbath and go to church as a family. I promise you won't be sorry!
Take Time To Be Holy
by William D. Longstaff, 1882
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.