Devotion

When It Used To Be Sunday
On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do. --- Exodus 12:16

The first day referenced in this scripture is Sunday. Seven days later makes it Sunday again. When I was a child, I remember preparations were done on Saturday to make sure complete reverence was given to Sunday - from the moment we rose for breakfast and went to church - until we returned home and gathered around the dinner table for a delicious meal. Even after the Sunday meal was over, reverence continued that involved family and community fellowship. The grown folks gathered to talk, share, laugh, cry, and discuss matters that were important to keeping the welfare of our community. They were planting seeds. The children played, talked, asked questions...and listened to what the grown folks were saying. The seeds were falling on good soil. Oh, how this one day of reverence and rest impacted the six-day journey before we would reach another Sunday! God, family, community...Remember when it used to be Sunday? It will take a while, but can you imagine what better situation our communities could be in if it would reverence God, family, and our neighbors and friends as we are supposed to? When Sunday used to be Sunday, daily living was deeply rooted in a foundation of faith, hope, love, and charity. As best as we can, let's resolve to get that kind of living back again - starting today.

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