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Sabbath Keeping

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

“Then he said to them, ‘The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.’ (LUKE 6:5)

Summer and fall across the prairie are remarkable times. We watch the crops grow, mature and then we get to harvest. Harvest is always a very busy time and dependent on the weather. It can be too wet, too dry, too cold or too hot, and always the days are too short.

Growing up on the farm, I remember my dad never liked to work in the fields on Sunday no matter how perfect the conditions. He claimed that if you worked on Sunday you would spend Monday repairing what broke down. Of course there were the times when rain was pending or a storm was predicted, and he felt he had no choice but to complete the task at hand.

In today’s scripture Jesus tells us something similar. Sunday is the Lord’s day. We need to make sure to unplug, respect the day and spend it remembering our Creator.   Some care givers must work on Sunday to carry out the health care ministry. That does not mean we are not keeping the Sabbath. We are living the ministry.

Tomorrow is Sunday. Make sure you take time to worship, pray and thank God for all we have been given.


Heavenly God,

we praise You as our Creator and God.

We rejoice in Your blessings.

Shower us with Your grace this weekend as we worship You. Amen.

Daryl Thuringer
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Avera

COLLOSIANS 1:21-23 ● PSALM 54:3-4, 6 AND 8 ● LUKE 6:1-5

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