When They Prayed
FROM THE BISHOP DAVID GRAVES   I chose the theme of our 2023 Annual Conference session, “When They Prayed,” based on Acts 4:31: “And when they had prayed, the place in which they ...
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The gift of Sabbath time

February 15, 2016

As we embrace the Lenten Season with a sense of expectation and hope, consider the gift of Sabbath in your spiritual journey. Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century, urged readers to consider their spiritual journey. The author encourages one to consider that time and space are interrelated. Time spent with God is also a very necessary gift in one's spiritual life.  

“Spiritual life begins to decay when we fail to sense the grandeur of what is eternal in time. Our intention here is not to deprecate the world of space. To disparage space and the blessing of things of space is to disparage the works of creation, the works which God beheld and saw 'it was good.' The world cannot be seen exclusively sub specie temporis. Time and space are interrelated. To overlook either of them is to be partially blind. What we plead against is man’s [women's] unconditional surrender to space, his enslavement to things. We must not forget that it is not a thing that lends significance to a moment; it is the moment that lends significance to things.” ? Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

How will you make room in your spiritual journey to appreciate the gift of Sabbath?

With all that you have to DO, when will you take the time to BE with God?

How might we encourage fellow disciples of Jesus Christ to practice being present with God? 
Remaining in prayer,
Denise Walton

Rev. Denise Walton serves as the Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries. Contact her at denise@sgaumc.org.

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