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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, November 30

Exodus 20:8-11

"Remember the Sabboth 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed th Sabbath day and made it holy."

One of the Ten Commandments! We have the benefit of being able to incorporate Jesus' teaching into our understanding of this particular commandment. But without His teaching, this law would be very problematic. Our culture does not allow us to completely abstain from any work on Sunday. Even pastors are required to prepare for, and then work, on the Sabbath. But I feel it is a cop out to not observe the Sabbath just because it is too difficult. There are likely many things I could do to be ready for a more restful, more observant Sunday. It would take more planning, and some changes, but it would not be impossible.

Holy Lord, I can try harder to prepare to observe the Sabboth more fully. Lord, I want to please you in all that I do. Helping others on Sunday, or moving forward with some ministry or mission project would be a good use of that time. Help me, Lord, and teach me your better way. Amen

Becky, transforming

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