The Sabbath is God's antidote for our hurried, harried pace of life, and gives us the unhurried one-in-seven rhythm woven into the very fabric of creation. On the Sabbath, hurry becomes a vice, the opposite of our workaday world's way of making it a virtue. The Sabbath gives us a holy rhythm designed to slow us so we might better love God and others.
A generation ago, experts predicted that at this point in time we would be living in an era of unprecedented leisure thanks to labor-saving technologies that were beginning to proliferate then. They envisioned a future (our present) in which tasks that took up much of our lives would take much less time.
But the reality is that today we as a culture feel more hurried and less relaxed than perhaps we've ever felt. Technology has indeed enabled us to do certain kinds of work in less time. We have not, however, taken advantage of this gift to make more space for Sabbath leisure. Most of us have instead chosen to do even more work, using more time to make more money and purchase more things that won't really satisfy us. That is, in fact, the problem of modern life that no one could foresee.
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