Saturday, August 18, 2012

God is pleased

I like the title of this post, but let me say straightaway that I don't actually believe God is ever pleased - or displeased, for that matter. The god I worship does not have a personality or opinions, likes or dislikes. The god I worship is so far beyond all that. Good lord.

But if I could perceive God as an entity, I would say, given how great this week's celebration of Shabbat has been, He would approve. I believe I was able to penetrate to the center of the holiday's soul: celebrating life, spending time with people I love dearly, letting go of worries and errands, feasting and toasting. Resting, walking, being with people I love, and enjoying - this has been my Sabbath this week.

Today was the most gorgeous day in DC in many weeks. The air was soft and warm but not hot, there was the sweetest breeze, the cloud people were puffy and magnificent, the humans were out in force, smiling, at least it seemed like that to me.

Ah, now the sun is hanging low on the horizon. It's time for Havdallah, letting go of the Sabbath so as to go back to the mundane realities of life.

I understand how, if the Sabbath is genuinely celebrated, going back to work isn't such a bad thing. It'll be fine!

The Sabbath is a radical holiday. I highly recommend you give it a go. Seriously.

Happy Saturday night, y'all. Shalom.


Steve Reed said...

Glad it went well, Reya. So this will become a weekly ritual for you? It's important to have some degree of ritual in our lives. (Say I, whose butt has been absent from my meditation cushion for quite some time now.)

Reya Mellicker said...

You'll get your butt back into meditation.

I will observe the sabbath now, but in a casual way. If I get too rule bound, it will lose its magic. At the very least, I will spend time with people I love and drink red wine. It's a great bottom line!