Don’t Squash Bugs on the Sabbath

The work that’s forbidden [during the traditional Jewish Sabbath] is any work in which you interfere with nature and act as if you are master over it. You are not supposed to pluck a single blade of grass… You could think it’s all sort of crazy and too much, but I can see how giving one whole day a week to doing all these things, or rather, not doing all these things, could actually change the world. All week you step on bugs, you trample grass, you ignore, change, destroy, use, exert your force all over the place. But on this day you pay attention… you pay attention to every living thing, and you allow it to live.

…It would be good for the world to have to observe the Sabbath, a day of rest where everyone tries not to exert their force on the world, and is grateful to God, and tries not to squash any life, not even bugs, and all the malls and the fast-food restaurants and TVs are shut down. It seems like the world would be about a thirty-thousand-times better place.

–from the book From Stone to Living Word: Letting the Bible Live Again by the incomparable Debbie Blue.

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About this series of posts: One of my major areas of interest (personally and professionally) is Sabbath-keeping. Since this trip I’m on is a sort of extended Sabbath experience, I’ve collected some quotes and thoughts about the topic to share while I’m away. Ah, the miracle of scheduled posts…

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Squash Bugs on the Sabbath

  1. Teri says:

    I totally had John (the new head of staff) kill a yellow jacket on the windowsill on the chancel during a hymn yesterday. It was flying around my head and creeping me out. So…yeah…there was death during the communion service yesterday. ick.

  2. lukeluke says:

    If you have a chance, check out David Attenborough’s “Life In The Undergrowth”. It really can change how you perceive “bugs” and you realize how amazing they are.

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