How many people work six days a week these days? Not many in the UK anyway. Most folk work up to 5 days, and a few exhaust themseves out working 7 days a week. Some work shifts, so it varies a bit from week to week. Anyway, when we had a shop, some years ago, we opened 6 days a week. What bliss that seventh day was! We lived over the shop, on a semi-main road, down which lorries trundled on the 6 working days. Sunday was so different. It was quiet. The invasive sounds of traffic and busy-ness were conspicuous by their absence.
Down the years, Christians have been very precious about their so-called ‘sabbath’. I remember being told off by an elderly church attender for picking blackberries on our Sunday afternoon ramble!
God needed, or at least wanted, to rest on the seventh day. We are made in his image. Maybe we would appreciate Sunday as a day set apart – a special time to do something different – in a context where we had to work 6 days!
These days, where life goes on much the same on Sundays as the rest of the week, I feel that as a society we have let go of something very precious. I doubt that we’ll get to putting the clock back on this one, but even so, we do need one day in seven for relaxation, and doing things differently. A day off is a gift – use it with care.