By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
This is the first scriptural reference to a sabbath day. Because God rested on the seventh day, we rest as well. We set the day aside as different and dedicated to God. My mom grew up in the Dutch Reform church, and they had a number of things they were not allowed to do on Sunday, like dance, play cards, or go to the movies. I remember as a child that Sundays were kind of boring, because after church and a big meal, there was "nothing to do." No stores were open, no regular TV shows, etc. This passage from Genesis does not give us any rules, it only tells us that God set aside the Sabbath and rested. Sundays are special and they belong to God in a different way than the other six days of the week. How do I live that out?
Holy Lord, I look forward to learning more from you about what the Sabbath day is and should be in my life. For now, I will try to keep Sunday more holy, more focused on you and your never-ending grace.