Sunday, September 02, 2012

Simply Sunday: Slowing Down

I like to keep Sunday as a quieter and simpler day. It doesn't always work out that way, but an ideal week for me includes a time where I can shrug off the cares of the world to take time to pause and reflect, to look inward and upward.

Peter Marshall (1902 - 1949) a Scottish-born minister who became Chaplain of the US Senate, gave us a similar thought shaped in a prayer:

"In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live---time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to know each other."

I used to think the harried hurriedness of our society was just a malady of the 20th and 21st centuries, but after reading numerous books and accounts of people who lived in past decades and centuries, it seems each generation has had to face its own version of temptation to 'live too fast'.

I've been learning that it takes deliberate planning to make space in my week to rest. But I'm also learning the value of taking that time -- as Peter Marshall says to become better acquainted with God, to relish the myriad blessings that have come my way, and to savour the friendships I share with family and friends.

On that note, I wish you a gentle rhythm of peace and rest, the time to pause and enjoy, to be refreshed and ready for a new week!


Photo source:  Vintage Feed Sacks


  1. We have always felt that Sunday needs to be a bit different. Even if we havent been to Church for some reason, we would not be shopping. Maybe a family visit.

  2. What a lovely post. I've always tried to make Sundays a day of rest and relaxation and a chance to indulge in things that feed my soul.

  3. Sundays are different for us, too. Church in the morning. I never do housework (unless the need is extreme) or much cooking (unless there's company) on Sunday. It's a day to rest.

    I hope your Sunday has been full of quiet joys.

  4. our Sundays are pretty, breakfast, relax with sports games on tv... my husband, a former teacher/coach and myself, a knitter... sometimes a Sunday afternoon football game with gsons' team... since i am a 'knit in public' knitter i am always 'ready to go'!!!
    ^)^ linda

  5. I absolutely need time to rest. Last week was way too busy. It wasn't my intention for it to be so. I like to do all of the things you mentioned. They keep me happy and peaceful.

  6. I really really really like that prayer! I think busyness is often a prop people use to A. impress other's with their importance aka busyness B. avoid the things that matter most. I feel blessed to have 3 months off every summer. I try to balance getting a few extra chores done with having a sort of 'sabbatical' where the most important thing is prayer and meditation. So often in the summer you may find me still in my pj's at 10-11 am, sitting quietly in my living room reading or deep in thought. Now of course, I have to go back to school and will have to find that balance of work/quiet time once again...sigh!

  7. Now that was interesting to learn that other generations also had this hurriedness problem. It is good to rest and reflect on all the blessings that come our way.


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