We all need time to recharge our physical, mental, and spiritual batteries. That is what Sabbath moments are for–special times during the week when we just stop to savor the little pleasures all around us that allow us to be refreshed. Each Saturday, Colleen Spiro hosts “Sabbath Moments,” where you can read about others’ “little Sabbaths” or even share your own.
This past week I read some fantasy stories and poems by Jane Yolen, including a wonderful collection in a book of hers called Here There Be Unicorns. I’ve always enjoyed fantasy literature, and have an interest in writing fantasy as well, so getting to sit back and enjoy some stories by such a skilled writer proved quite soothing.
My parents and I watched a DVD about the Apostle Paul as well as some early Christian martyrs, which was both inspiring and informative. We need reminders of what many Christians who came before us had to endure for the sake of Christ, lest we become too, well, spoiled. It was pointed out during the film that in the Church’s early years, persecution actually tended to make the it thrive rather than shrink. (Which makes me wonder why mere secularism and financial prosperity have led to Christianity’s severe decline in western Europe, when even the most brutal persecution tended to produce the opposite effect…)
A few nights we would sit together and watch TV, and I would work on my knitting. I finally finished a shawl for my mother–which turned out to be a very long project! Anyway, it always feels good to complete something.
Over the week I’ve struggled with frustrations over my job situation (or rather, my “lack-of-job” situation). This song that I came across on YouTube helped soothe me one night, so I’ll share it with you: