Pajama Days (Sabbath)

August 2009

The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.

Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else. Six days a week we seek to dominate the world, on the seventh day we try to dominate the self.

From The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Linda and I try hard to protect our Sundays. We scurry to get necessary chores done on Saturday and we like to sleep in on Sunday… read the paper (Linda- hard copy of the Dallas Morning News, Me- Online version of the New York Times). We try to coax our son into cooking us brunch or lunch. We do our best to work in a nap. We have an urge to rest- or, have a sabbath. Over the years we have tried on Sundays and various holidays to have pajama days- days in which we get up and never get out of our pajamas (or leave the house). You could as easily I think call these sabbath days.

The past few weeks have been especially hectic for each of us. Friday night I said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a pajama day weekend”. A weekend dedicated to R and R. A retreat of sorts. Linda came up with the bright idea of bribing our eldest daughter to assist us with a few necessary errands (fortunately, Chelsa was willing and able).

It’s interesting to me that whenever I get a space of free time my creative impulses spike. Hence, three entries in the birthing of my blog today. It seems to me that the most godlike activity we can engage in (besides empathy, compassion and giving) is creating. Today has been a day of creating a venue for self exploration and expression. This blog.

It makes me smile to know that I have one pajama day left this weekend- tomorrow!

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