Saloma Miller Furlong
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A Day of Rest

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: […] For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. ~ Commandment 4 of the Ten Commandments.

Anna enjoying an “Amish” Sunday night.

The Amish believe in keeping the Sabbath on Sundays — in fact, it is one of the central Amish beliefs and is based in the fourth of the ten commandments. When I first left the Amish, I had to get used to the fact that not everyone thought of Sunday as a holy day. I was especially mystified that other Christians did not think anything of “business as usual” on Sundays. I tried honoring the tradition of my Amish roots, but I found in a world that treated Sunday like any other day of the week, it was difficult. I was once being interviewed for a waitress job in which I stated that I want Sundays off for religious reasons. There ended that interview.

After many years of treating Sundays like any other day of the week, I am coming around to appreciating the wisdom in honoring one day a week as a day of rest. Unless we find a way to take a break from our toils, there is no way for us to rejuvenate and stay healthy, creative, and wise.

Opening our home as a bakery three days a week has been a challenge these past few weeks since Anna has become so famous. Two weeks ago, we thought carefully about which days we would stay open for the bakery before Christmas. We decided to honor the Amish tradition of no Sunday sales, and we also decided to take Monday off, so we would have some time to prepare for our own Christmas.

I slept twelve hours last night. I felt so much better. After four days of Christmas baking and many people coming to our door to buy their Christmas goodies, today was a huge sigh of relief. Several times over, Anna and I remarked how happy we are that we made the decision to take these two days off. I did some writing, gift wrapping, and other nothings about the house today. As we were making and eating dinner, we listened to Handel’s Messiah. This was Anna’s first time, and she seemed to enjoy it. I like to listen to the CD every year at this time.

I feel like I’ve had a day of rest. Now all I need to do to make it an Amish Sunday is to pop some popcorn. I think I will…

Mmmm. Now it tastes AND smells like an Amish Sunday night.

How do you rejuvenate? Do you have a day (or time) of rest? Is it on Sunday or some other day? What do you like to do during your rest or time of rejuvenation?

I hope you all have a peaceful and joyful Christmas. May you enjoy the gifts of the season and celebrate the new life that was born in a humble stable more than 2,000 years ago. 

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