It is our duty—as men and women—to behave as though limits to our ability do not exist.
We are collaborators in creation of the Universe.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Do you believe this? Do I?
In the Torah/Old Testament a commandment about Sabbath is stated twice. The first time it says in the Hebrew to keep/observe the Sabbath. The second time it says to make/create the Sabbath... i don't know why I think of these verses whenever I hear about us being collaborators in creation, but I do.
Perhaps it is because that creation of a resting day is about being part of creating a peaceful place to re-create ourselves and realizing Creation wasn't finished "on the sixth day." It goes on, and maybe, as I think of it, being told to be a participant in the creation of the Sabbath means we are participating in the creation of the kingdom that is to come.
I realize there are a LOT of ideas on what that kingdom is. I, in fact, have changed my idea of that coming kingdom quite a lot in recent years. But if Christ-consciousness (Messiah-mindedness) is what we strive for and the person many believe was the Christ was considered the Lord of the Sabbath, well then, maybe what we are being asked to be part of is the creation of that peaceable kingdom, where the lion lays down with the lamb, where we beat our swords into plowshears, where we have such a dimensional shift things are just different than we perceive them to be right this minute.
And here's an afterthought: Isn't that better than being so sure the world is coming to a tragic end and we're going to suffer and blood will rise up to the saddles and death and destruction will abound? Wow.
Something to think about, at least. Perhaps this week I will practice a little Sabbath-creation and see if I don't see things differently. Sabbath is related to words that mean seven, week, cease, celebrate, keep, and rest (among other things). Seven means completion; perfection. Let's create a completion, a perfection--shoot, even a Celebration! and see if we can't find a way to cease all the confusion of life as it is in the 'now' and learn to rest in the way it could be--should be.
Just thinkin' out loud here...