One of the happy discoveries in my Sabbath adventure was the prophet Isaiah, who urges us to keep the Sabbath as a “delight.” This word opened up all kinds of possibilities for our family. Sabbath can be difficult to practice, but it should not be a chore. Sabbath is for play. Sabbath is for games and unhurried hobbies.
But sometimes we get so scattered and busy, so beholden to others’ expectations and chatter, that we lose track of that little part of ourselves that speaks of our deepest delights. Winnie the Pooh understands this well…
There’s a scene in which Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and Rabbit get lost. Rabbit, the frantic intellectual, keeps steering them in circles. Then he leaves, and Pooh tells Piglet: ‘Let’s go home.’
‘But, Pooh,’ cries Piglet, ‘do you know the way?’
‘No,’ says Pooh. ‘But there are 12 pots of honey in my cupboard, and they’ve been calling to me for hours. I couldn’t hear them properly before, because Rabbit would talk, but if nobody says anything… I shall know where they’re calling from.’
Be still. Be silent. Listen to that inner rumbling! Even during the hectic rush of December, it can be done.