I am reading through Leviticus at the moment. This morning I read in chapter 23, which outlines many of the days of celebration or remembrance. And in several Old Testament law books, it is evident the Lord desired that the Sabbath be a day of solemn rest.
As a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I still remember the Blue Laws in Texas. Most stores were closed on Sunday, to allow workers to go to church, etc. If memory serves correct, there was a discount store, Treasure City in Wichita Falls, that closed on Saturdays and was open on Sundays. It was probably one of the first stores that started bucking the trend.
Well, by the 80’s, the Blue Laws were changed and stores began opening 7 days a week. Now, many large supermarkets in the US are open 24/7.
When I moved to Ukraine the first time (24 years ago today!), I remember most stores were closed on Sundays, with the bread store opening for a few hours on Sundays. Today, most stores are open 7 days a week, and a few never close!
However, in many parts of old Europe, tradition has held that businesses close on Sunday to this day.
I know the older I get, the more I need a day of rest. I enjoy being at home and taking a day to relax. It doesn’t happen every week, but I sure like to take advantage of it when I can!
What about you? Do you take a Sabbath? If so, what does it look like?