Adjacent to Eternity
[One] who wants to enter the holiness of the day must first lay down the profanity of clattering commerce, of being yoked to toil. [S]he must go away from the screech of dissonant days, from the nervousness and fury of acquisitiveness and the betrayal in embezzling [her] own life. He must say farewell to manual work and learn to understand that the world has already been created and will survive without [his] help… Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else. Six days a week we seek to dominate the world, on the seventh day we try to dominate the self…
The seventh day is a palace in time which we build. It is made of soul, of joy and reticence. In its atmosphere, a discipline is a reminder of adjacency to eternity... How else express glory in the presence of eternity, if not by the silence of abstaining from noisy acts?
by Abraham Heschel (1907-1972), from The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man, published in 1951
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
by Emily Dickinson
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church—
I keep it, staying at Home—
With a Bobolink for a Chorister—
And an Orchard, for a Dome—
Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice—
I, just wear my Wings—
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton—sings.
God preaches, a noted Clergyman—
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last—
I’m going, all along.