Good evening and Happy Sabbath to you brothers and sisters. I tell you I never grow weary of Friday evenings.
I love coming together with my family in Christ to welcome in the Sabbath with prayer, worship, and to catch up to see how everyone is doing. Maybe we’ll play a spiritually engaging game, or maybe one of us will give a short message that will lead to a discussion afterwards. Surrounding myself with people who pray and can answer any questions is an essential to me. Why- because contrary to what some may think a Christian life is far from an easy life.
After Vespers service I come home and work for nobody. Gotta love it! No money to be made; no laboring; no driving on the highways and interstates late at night. Any negativity I have towards anything or anyone feels like it’s miles away. What trouble seemed like a mountain now seems like a pebble.
Sometimes I’ll switch on some Christian music- from the upbeat, uptempo gospel songs to the classic hymns in just their instrumental form, letting it ring through my home and bounce off the walls. If I’m not listening to music I’m writing my heart and mind away in my personal journal. As I scribble back and forth my thoughts are no longer just swirling around my mind like a twister. If I can even blog about something to glorify Christ, that’s a major win for me. The overall win that I should be focused on is that I made it through another week.
Now comes the finale- the physical rest. My bed calls out to me waiting to hug me in its warm sheets and blanket. The pillows wanting to cress the back of my head. As I lay on the mattress and prepare to doze, I set my phone to the side. If I stay on it much longer I know I’ll regret it in the morning. I say my prayers, careful not to be routine or hollow with my words, but among those words are some which I will forever say and mean, which is “Jesus, thank you for seeing me through another week.”
Sweet Friday nights. Now is the time I can rest from my labors; fellowship with others; think about what I have because of Christ; glorify Him; and think about how I can be more like Him. Let us all spend our Friday evenings the right way by ourselves, with others, and with Christ.