Day 11

And He [Jesus] said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

Collin Kartchner started the grassroots movement #SAVETHEKIDS.” Kartchner’s TED talks give us pause to think about the current cultural influences on families and children. In one of them, Can Flip Phones End Our Social Media Addiction, Kartchner candidly shares the story of his usually compliant tween daughter going through a period of being very detached and difficult at home. Finally, his daughter blurted out the truth of the matter: Mom and Dad were on their phones all the time. She felt ignored, pushed aside, unloved. When the phones went off, they were more present to their daughter, and she became the happy, contented girl they had known before their smartphone addiction. A Sabbath day reminds us about the importance of loving God and our families. In Jewish tradition, an evening meal jumpstarts the 24-hour Sabbath with family gathered around the table. Fathers give verbal blessings to their children. This is a sacred time for families to push aside all of the demands of work and outside forces. What a gift God gave us through the Sabbath! Jesus reminds us that the Sabbath was made for us. That doesn’t mean it is a “me” day; the commandment clearly states this is a day “unto the Lord;” however, it is a gift from our heavenly Father to His children, to restore and heal us. Once established and honored, it is a day everyone - young and old alike - look forward to throughout the week, a sweet refuge of slowing down, focusing on what is really important, praising God for His faithfulness, sharing delicious meals around a table, turning off the noise from work and hurry, and turning on the love of God and family..

Rejoice in Psalms 127 and 128:

1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Psalm 128

1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.

5 May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.

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