Sabbath Keeping 4

We are finite beings – God destines us for eternity (infinity). It is fully in our nature to hunker down in our finitude. This is our natural inclination. It takes work (and practice) to open our selves to infinity – it runs counter to our finitude.

Abraham Joshua Heschal reminds us that Sabbath is like a window [through which] we perceive the presence of the eternity that is planted within us. Sabbath reconnects us with eternity which unblunts our awareness of infinity and God. Sabbath is when our lives intersect the Divine. We glimpse the eternity that we are predestined for.

Since we are finite this is an ongoing process and requires a continually coming -regular Sabbath practice – in order to maintain the depth and connection.

Some thoughts from C.S. Lewis in his The Screwtape Letters:

The humans live in time, but [God] destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself and to the point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present – either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.

The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon as his chattels.

We have trained them to think of the future as a promised land which favored heroes attain – not as something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

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