What’s Sabbath For?

There’s a constant murmur among the crowd. Suppose you were close enough to a swarm of bees, you’d probably be hearing something similar. Except that this swarm is praying. They’re speaking Hebrew at a very fast pace in an undertone that makes language barely recognizable. Which is odd, because the prayer they’re reciting is for recognition.

Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles. Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing. And let there be moments when your presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.


The Sabbath is beginning. It’s Friday night just as the sun is setting. Jews all over the globe come together at precisely the same moment and call out to God in a prayer for light and vision. The Sabbath is a spectacle of celebration. Sadness, worry and stress are suspended for twenty-four bliss-filled hours.

The wonder of observing the Sabbath is not just in the relief it provides. It’s more than a renewal of spirit, or a comfortable gathering of community. Sabbath is a time to see miracles. Who among us couldn’t use at least one weekly miracle? And here’s where true wonder comes in: Life is a miracle, every waking moment.

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  • Susan Diamond

    Thank you for taking the time to bring enlightenment about the faith practices of Saturday Sabbath observant Christians. Your words about the Sabbath are so very true. Blessings to you Ellie and your family. Susan D. Publisher, Prayables

  • Susan Diamond

    Thank you for your kind words. Many blessings to you and your family – your faith is a beacon of light for all of us who hold you and your loved ones in our prayers.
    Susan D. Publisher, Prayables

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandra La Day

    I,am so bless to have been able to find out belefnet this have been a blessing to read the verse’s as they come along. Three years ago I, lost our son Kevin and it have been hard on us and before this our son JJ who died at the age of one and a half my husband Willie have cancer and is still going strong in helping me with our organization so this along is a blessing we are praying for our two daughters to ask the Lord to step in and help them with their lives as well as our son Willie who also really need the prays and our selves. Sandra LaDay

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ellie

    Thank you for your article on the Sabbath. However, please note that the observance of the Sabbath (Saturday) is not limited to the Jews. There are tens of millions of Christians worldwide who continue to hold fast to the true Sabbath. Sabbath is a blessed day of rest, worship, quality time spent with family and a reflection on the beauty of God’s creation. It is the only day of worship that God sanctified and hallowed. It is a day of worship that was never meant to be changed. Weekly observance of the Sabbath brings with it spiritual and health benefits (rest, time to eat leisurely, no work, no worries) that are meant for all humankind to enjoy until Jesus returns.

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