This article is published with Catalyst Leader.
“Sabbath, ultimately, is a reminder that God can do more in six days than we can do in seven, a reminder that seems to have gotten lost among those who teach the faith.”
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As a pastor, I work the weekends, so Friday is the one day of the week I have free. After I send the kids to school and my wife heads off to her daily projects, I have the run of the place. So today, in the quiet of my sanctum, with a free morning, I decided to replace the kitchen faucet.
My wife had purchased a faucet of her choosing, which for some reason was a touch-activated type, and thus had an added electronic component located alongside the normal irritating combination of pipes, connectors, rust, and leaks which must be assembled in a place that a yoga instructor couldn’t get to. I assume she did this for either of the two usual reasons – that she found this one on sale, or that I have done something to anger her.
I regularly tell my congregation that if they sin, they should confess, both as a spiritual exercise that rights their relationship with God and as a therapeutic way of owning up and moving on. As a consequence, I feel it only appropriate that I model the behaviors I teach, if only in a small way on this blog that hardly anyone reads.
Because I was alone this morning, I said aloud a number of things about a number of people who have done me no wrong, and who really deserve more respect. Therefore, I would like to apologize to, in no particular order:
- The former owner of my house
- His mother
- The President of the United States
- Various members of Congress, whose names I don’t actually know, but whom I nicknamed
- Anyone whose name rhymes with a profanity
- Anyone whose name begins with the same first letter as a profanity, and thus can be alliterated
- My dogs
- The neighbors dogs
- Most of the zoo animals, particularly the primates
- Charles Darwin
- Martin Luther, for encouraging me to sin boldly
- Other historical figures, both Catholic and Protestant
- The Romans, for inventing aqueducts
- The residents of California
- The French (this is just a go-to for me)
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.”
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Hardwired: Finding the God You Already Know