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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #97 Rediscovering Sabbath Rest For Your Family
April 14, 2008
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Only a few hours of technological abstinence had passed, but already Mark felt twitchy. His laptop lay abandoned, but almost as badly as a nicotine addict wants a cigarette, he was itching to go online, make a phone-call, send a text-message, do something.
But then something odd happened.
With the uninterrupted time, Mark found himself better able to think, to reflect, and perhaps strangest of all, to experience a feeling of calm that had gone AWOL from his modern life. The New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is one of a whole host of people discovering what some are terming a "secular Sabbath."
Men and women who have not darkened the door of a synagogue or church for years are finding a need for a day of real rest—disconnecting from the almost omnipresent technological advances of Blackberries and wireless Internet.
Bittman is not the only one lamenting what America lost when the culture of Sabbath observance became a thing of the past. Judith Shulevitz in Slate Magazine waxes poetic about the loss also: "The texture of that day off is hard to conjure up now, because contemporary life offers little like it," she says. "For 24 hours, we stayed home and ate huge family dinners, went to church, or set off on afternoon drives . . ."
She goes on to admit, "We had fewer choices, but that lack of choice may have been more liberating than we realized, because having the option of working or shopping often brings with it the nagging sense that if you're not working [or shopping], you should be . . . "
It is not surprising—is it?—that the people of all walks of life are discovering a need for Sabbath rest once again. As it says in Exodus 23, God intended that man and even animals should be "refreshed" by keeping the Sabbath. Rest was woven into the fabric of creation.
That is a reality Americans can understand. We are starved for rest as never before, getting an average of just six-and-a-half hours of sleep a night, a 25-percent drop since the early 1900s. To make up for it, we rev up on Red Bull, Starbucks, No-Doz, sodas—you name it. No wonder people are craving the physical and mental health benefits of a day of rest.
But here is the opportunity for you and your family. We know that not only is the Sabbath meant for refreshment, but it is also a much deeper, grander sign of our need for spiritual rest.
So consider how you and your family might rediscover the Sabbath.
Note: This commentary was delivered by Mark Earley from www.breakpoint.org.
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CHICKEN PINEAPPLE FAJITA
Ingredients and Instructions:
8 6-inch flour tortillas
4 1-inch slices peeled fresh pineapple (about half)
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 small red or orange sweet peppers, seeded, cut in strips
2 tsp. Jamaican jerk seasoning
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
Fresh cilantro and lime wedges
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap tortillas in foil and heat in oven. Meanwhile, coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high. Add pineapple slices; cook 4 to 6 minutes, until browned, turning once. Remove.
2. Cut chicken in strips; toss with sweet peppers; jerk seasoning, and pepper. Heat oil in skillet; add chicken and peppers. Cook and stir over medium-high 4 to 6 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. Core and chop pineapple. Serve with chicken, tortillas, cilantro, and lime. Makes 4 servings.
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