Every week I celebrate Shabbat. We open it every Friday evening (Erev Shabbat) and, sometimes, we actually remember to close it (Havdalah). I have made my Shabbat bread and, typically, prepared our meals for that evening and the next day. The idea is that I will not be doing anything more than I have to. It is a time set aside to be with my heavenly Abba and my family…not for cleaning and cooking and working.
Each week, I get better and better at preparing. It was a bit of work at first trying to get used to thinking ahead and preparing everything ahead of time. But it has gotten easier and easier. I actually prepare throughout the week instead of waiting until Thursday or Friday. Each week, it becomes more of a true resting time.
On Shabbat, I stay off of Facebook. I try to shut out the world as much as I can. I have even gotten to where I do not always check my email either. I try to read my Bible, do some studying, watch uplifting movies online and attend Shabbat online services. I try to stay away from banking or anything I don’t really “have” to do on Shabbat.
I am not into a rabbinical definition of Shabbat. I just take the scriptures and ask the Ruach to show me what HE says Shabbat is and what that should look like for me in today’s world, in the United States, and outside of a Jewish or Messianic neighborhood.
The closest Messianic synagogue is too far to attend more than once in a great while, so we are still part of a Lord’s Day assembly. We are OK with that. There is only one day a week that is Shabbat. However, meeting with other believers for worship, fellowship and teaching is not limited to Shabbat for the scriptures tell us the early assembly met every day of the week.
I do like to attend a Shabbat service, so I am thankful that there are more and more online Shabbat services. That enables me to work with different time frames and kinds of services. When I first starting looking for one, I could only find a very few. Now, I see more and more! I am in the process of putting up a page with links to different ones that I have found.
Shabbat has become almost like a mini-retreat for me, especially if one or more of my guys are gone that day. I have the time alone with the L-rd. What a treat! What a time of healing!