Friday, February 01, 2008

Frosty Sabbath Sunrise

"We must, if it so happens, give our lives for others: but even while we're doing it, I think we're meant to enjoy Our Lord and, in Him, our friends, our food, our sleep, our jokes, the birds' song, and the frosty sunrise."
C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters, Volume II

silence used to scare me
like some white wigged English judge
with too much truth in thick files
that he'd make me read in front of You
but then I found a paradox
freedom in the sentencing
permission to stay in pajamas all day
instead of playing traffic frogger
to embrace his embrace without "to do" list in hand
saying i love yous that don't really mean good-bye
to watch the shivering birds outside the kitchen window
and let the dishes tower beneath my gaze
to lie on the floor on our tummies
for fairy tea parties and endless plots
less reminders to hurry and more forehead kisses
to replace the heat of the teetering laptop
with the cool arch of Your word
ah . . . much better

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." Exodus 20:8

"We left the sabbath in the dust of our schedule, but Sabbath is really your chance to show God you believe Him when He says "I got it!" Dr. Bob Laurent, New Community 1/31/08

1 comment:

Sarah Koutz said...

How does such a simple thing as taking time off become the most difficult thing there is to do?