Oh, how I love the Christmas season!

Last year, when December arrived, I went and purchased a TV Guide. Finally my shows would be on. Movies that would share the holiday spirit and love that would arrive comforting the hurts of those who needed to be reminded of the power of giving.

The first movie I put on was about a woman who had lost her husband, home and job. My husband happened to walk into the room and saw that I was crying and he said, “Why do you watch these movies if they make you cry?”

“Because they always have a happy ending.” I replied.

A few moments later he sat down next to me and the whole time I was watching the movie he would say things like, “Really? Do we really have to watch this? All these Christmas movies are the same. They begin with sorrow and end with singing!”

The whole month of December every time I would be watching a movie he would start into his questions until finally I said, “Okay. This is the deal. I get one of month of the year, December, to watch what I want to watch, and I will give you eleven months of the year to watch what you want to watch. Deal?”

He smiled and said, “Really? You will give me eleven months and you only want one?”


We shook hands and when January arrived he grabbed the remote and didn’t give it back to me until December 1. For the past few days I’ve been busy and haven’t been in the house to watch television, but this morning I woke up and he was watching the History Channel, sharing a story on some Pirates of yesteryear, so I grabbed the remote and switched the channel— and of course there was a woman sitting by the fireplace, crying. And of course my husband couldn’t help himself when he said, “Really?”

It’s funny, because this morning I realized that I’m so glad we made that deal. Usually when I sit down to watch television I don’t think about what I’m watching, but because December is my most important “television” season of the year I went and purchased a TV Guide and have circled all the Christmas shows I don’t want to miss.

I realized today that when something is accessible to  me all the time, it doesn’t mean anything to me, and because I gave up eleven months for one month I now have something wonderful to look forward to.

Now I understand why God asks us to give up one, simple day a week for Him. He understands that our days are important to us. We have jobs we have to go to. Family we need to care for, and friends we like to see. We enjoy hiking, biking, taking strolls outside. We enjoy sitting on our couches in the evening, relaxing after a hard days work, and God gives us six days a week to accomplish the desires within our heart. In return He simply asks that we show up for Him one day a week, to “thank Him” for all the blessings He just gave us during the other six days.

Now, Kenny is counting down the next 28 days so he can have the remote back.

I love when I’m able to understand the simplicity of the importance of loving someone so much that you’re willing to give something up for the one you love.  And because God loves me that much he give me  six days a week, and all He asks for in return in one!

And to check the “local” listings of the “why” we’re asked to give up one day a week…

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11

“And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.” Exodus 16:23

‘Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Exodus 31:14-18

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”  Luke 23:55+56

A day to Worship God

“A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.” Psalm 92:1

Isaiah 56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

Acts 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

A day to Fellowship

“Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” Isaiah 56:3-5

Acts 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

A Day to do Good

“Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.” Isaiah 56:2

  “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13,14

And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. “And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.” Matthew 12:10-13

“And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”  Luke 13:14-16

“And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.” Mark 3:4

A Day to prepare for

“And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,” Mark 15:42



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  1. dukedoc76

    How did I live without your wonderful insights? Someday, Kenny will get it.

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