Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thankfully

A few years back my husband and I decided our kids needed to begin to understand "thankfulness" and each night before we say our dinner prayer we ask each other "what are you thankful for today?"  Our middle child was just older then two at the time and each of his "thankfulness" were "spending time with (insert who was home that day with him).  Our oldest who was over 4 at the time had more specific thankfulness but on nights that she liked dinner it was always "I am thankful for liking dinner tonight."  However, it is amazing to see how this has evolved. 

First, no longer are they general thanks but have become very specific.  Even with that and even on days they get presents like a toy or something almost* always their thankfulness is relational. 
Second, they remind us to do it and keep track as to who gets to go first.
Third, they expect that it doesn't matter where we are or who we are with this will happen.  It is funny to watch them ask their guests "what are you thankful for today?" as if this is a normal thing that everyone must do.

Thankfully we have this tradition.  As it forces me each day to find thankfulness around me; even when my day is crazy.  Sometimes sitting at dinner is the very first thing I do when I walk in the door and this question makes me decompress my day in a few minutes in my head in a positive way.  I am forced to go through my day and seek out blessings - and usually through this process I come up with more then one!

God works around us, yet too often we don't take the time to stop and think about the God that dwells in the space between.  Having a tradition likes this forces each of us to seek out the blessings we might have over looked in the mundane of our lives. And on bad days when it feels like nothing good has happened, it forces us to come up with one - even if it is simply I like the dinner - positive moment for that day.  Sometimes it is only needing one positive that can transform our own thoughts and our own actions to change the future.  Sometimes a bad day ends at the dinner table and a great evening begins simply for taking some moments and finding a grateful heart. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Mother's day is a day full of ---------- emotion!  I could have written love or I could have written appreciation but really it is a day full of emotion.  From children to adults from mothers to fathers from women without children to children without mothers this is day that our greeting card companies really can't make enough cards for.

As a mother to young children, I understand the desire for a "Mother's Day."  Raising children comes with moments of trial and tears, moments of frustration and joy, moments of exhaustion and more moments exhaustion.  Yes, our children should appreciate all we do each day but unless we teach them how to show appreciation that doesn't always happen.  Just this week my youngest son getting into trouble as always decided to crawl into a kitchen cabinet, laydown and fall asleep.  I could only laugh at this moment! 

As a pastor, I have sat with many people who wanted to have children and yet never could or the ones they did have died.  Motherhood was never within reach and yet they so desired to be one.  For many of them they found a way to "mother" anyway.  They were the best aunts or school teachers or sunday school / youth group leaders.  They "mothered" everyone and in return touched more lives then they probably know.  These woman should be honored on mother's day too.   One church I work at as a youth leader honor all woman on mother's day every year. The children / youth would hand out flowers and thank the woman.  It was very nice.  I remember one youth coming up to me and giving it to me and saying thank you. 

The emotions of mothers day go beyond the woman being celebrated and into the men/ children celebrating.  For those who have difficult relationships with their mothers or those who didn't have mothers, or those who are celebrating without their mothers this can be a time of grief.  So, yes we must be aware of all that is going on around us on mother's day.

With all that acknowledge and with the premises that we are going to look at this holiday with a boarder then what fits in the hallmark cards, then we should no matter our situation with our biologically mother or biologically children be able to find JOY in this day.  Life throws us circumstances, in life there is never a promise for things to be easy.  Yet we can with life's challenges find joy and ways to shape our own outlook that brings the good instead of the bad.  We can see God's blessings in life's misfortune, if only we have faith. 

For those without mother's there are plenty of others - people who helped make you who you are today, people who stepped up and did all the "mothering" and on this day you can celebrate them.  You are who you are today, not because you had a mother but because you were still able to find love in the world - a blessing from God. 

Or perhaps this is your moment today, to realize that you don't always need the perfect life that Hallmark greetings cards say you do but within the crazy mess of the life you have there is still blessings abound.  Instead of sitting today on what you don't have or missed out on, turn your emotions to what you did have/ what you do have. 

As our families change shape and our society continues to advance, mothers day will continue to expand to not just the woman who birth us, but to those who spend their days caring for us.  To those who love us and show us how to love.  To those who teach us about unconditional love.  To those who tend to our needs and those we call when we are in trouble.  Today is a day for us to honor the person who helped make us who we are! 

In this day let us thank God for mother (or mother figure) in our life!!!