This is the fourth in a five part series, “Unexpected Treasures in the Desert.” It is a sermon series for the congregations I am serving, known collectively as Prairie Faith Partners. This series is provided to help you navigate the COVID-19 epidemic “wilderness” we are experiencing together.
For each sermon I am writing my own reflections on the texts, which I like to do in free verse (below). To read the sermons, you can go to my “Lectionary Sermon of the Week” page, even though these aren’t on the lectionary texts. I’m afraid this page will change every week, so you might want to view the messages on the PFP YouTube page. I would appreciate your comments in this space. Thank you for visiting!
It was our first most cherished treasure discovered in the desert, a new word for a new way of being. Shabbat. Cease. Rest. When Moses instructed us to begin this rhythm of six normal days then a holy seventh we were dumbfounded afraid, even. What would we do with ourselves? The first few times we were jumpy nervous expecting…what? That a guard would materialize and punish or that Yahweh would have second thoughts and snatch it away? As the months passed we got our bearings made the challah lit the candles leaned into the blessing And when we were tempted to let the work creep in, it was the children who pushed it away and called us back to joy.