If you look back over the last several months of posts as I’ve examined Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Peterson has focused on Creation. He has done this through exploring the texts of Genesis and John.

“What do we do to cultivate this ‘trembling,’ this fear-of-the-Lord, this life of reverent responsiveness before a holy God, under the conditions of creation? How do we live so that the wonder and astonishment that so often comes to us unbidden and spontaneously isn’t dissipated in trivial pursuits?”

Peterson suggests we do this through Sabbath and Wonder. I’ll discuss Sabbath today and probably tomorrow and then move on to Wonder.

Peterson writes, “The most striking thing about keeping the Sabbath is that it begins by not doing anything. The Hebrew word shabbat, which we take over into our language untranslated, simply means, ‘Quit . . . Stop . . . Take a break.'”

“As such, it has no religious or spiritual content: Whatever you are doing, stop it. . . . Whatever you are saying, shut up. . . . Sit down and take a look around you. . . . Don’t do anything. . . . Don’t say anything. . . . Fold your hands. . . . Take a deep breath.”

But Sabbath doesn’t end in doing nothing. “Human not-doing became a day of God honoring.” Peterson concludes, “Sabbath is a deliberate act of interference, an interruption of our work each week, a decree of no-work so that we are able to notice, to attend, to listen, to assimilate this comprehensive and majestic work of God, to orient our work in the work of God.”