Sunday, September 22, 2013
“The command is "Do no work." Just make space. Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don't have to DO to BE. accept the grace of doing nothing. Stay with it until you stop jerking and squirming.” ― Dallas Willard
We live in an area that's about 25% Muslim, but our mission is surrounded by over ten Christian churches. On Saturday, we hear the preaching and the choir of the Seventh Day Adventist church that is less than 300 meters away. We hear the choirs and preaching of the Pentecostal Church, the Mennonite Church, the Baptist Church, the Africa Inland Church, and the Anglican Church, just to name a few. While the Sabbath on Sunday is celebrated by lots and lots of Christians, just like the States, most of the town goes on like it is any other day. We have learned what Dallas Willard calls the "grace of doing nothing," yet we still need to get fuel for the generator when the power goes out--and it goes out on Sunday more than most days. We still need to send medicine to the staff who are sick, and care for those who come by asking for help, but these take very little time at all. Church services here usually last around three hours starting around ten and ending around one, but some can go longer. There are people walking past our mission to and from church all day long with lifted spirits and smiles on their faces. We've been going to the new Methodist Church in the Bunda Sto area which is meeting in a school, but with some of the money my mother left me, we will buy a plot on which to erect a church building. Most of the day though is "just making space" and resting and listening to church music in English on our computers and iPods. It's a nice way to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.