The Sabbath peace. Shabbat Shalom. In the upheaval of relocating and trying to find things in the mess that begs for order, I am a frazzled, short-tempered mess myself. At sunset today however, a peace will descend on us as I light the candles and usher in the Sabbath. One of the first things I do with every move is dig out our Shabbat candelabra and get the buffet set up so that when Shabbat arrives, we have at least one place in our big mess that is what we call “Shabbasdic,” a place that when the candles are lit, there is beauty and peace. I will not lie; there are times when it is difficult to shut off all the voices and perceived demands that must be met. I squirm when I feel that I “must” busily unpack more boxes or finish a paper to meet a deadline. In all honesty, Shabbat is not for the faint of heart. Having made Shabbat a regular part of my life for the past 13 or 14 years however, I would not give it up. It is that time of the week when we retreat from this world to a place that is holy, a place where we relax, reflect, and recoup. Shabbat energizes our spirits and feeds our souls. We sleep. We pray. We eat. We visit with friends. We learn Torah. Someone described Shabbat as an island in time, an appropriate analogy if ever there was one. This week I need for Shabbat to arrive. As much as there is to do to prepare for Shabbat, and as much as I have to do for my class before sunset, I admittedly feel some angst. But whatever happens, where ever I am in my “planned agenda,” when Shabbat arrives, I stop what I’m doing and light the candles. When that happens, peace and calm descends on our home. Every time. So today I am extremely grateful for the Sabbath and for Shabbat Shalom that will soon arrive.
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