My Homeland: Back to the Quieter Lifestyle
Jesus (said), “First things first...Follow Me. Pursue life.”
~Matthew 8:22 (MSG)
Closed on Sundays? If you want to shop at an Amish business and/or dine at an Amish restaurant do not try to find one open on a Sunday because the “closed” signs are in their windows.
The United States has become a twenty-four hour, seven day a week society dedicated to work, has it not? Not back in my homeland. On Sunday you need to drive to a neighboring town to find an open gas station and/or a popular discount store. So plan ahead!
It is quiet and there is a sense of peace in the air around the village on Sundays. You hear the horse's hooves on the pavement as they pull the buggies that are filled with the whole family as they go to worship in each other's homes. After the service they break bread together. It is church followed by a social family affair, and it lasts most of the day.
The Amish believe that the Bible literally provides the direction for how they should lead their lives. For example, Exodus 20:8-10: “(Earnestly) remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (withdrawn from common employment and dedicated to God). Six days you shall labor and do all your work, But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work...”(AMP).
Many people say they work too hard and too long each week so they need Sundays to do their shopping and to conduct other business. For six days a week, no one works harder than the Amish, yet they find time to worship and rest on the Sabbath day. Like them, we should set aside a time, and/or day, to worship, meditate, rest, and to read the Bible.
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me--watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace...Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.”(MSG)
While we may not be Amish and it would not be practical to close all the stores on Sundays, they do provide the example of dedication to observing an extended time each week to meditate and worship. This is the avenue to finding the peaceful, restful and “quieter lifestyle” to prepare ourselves for the coming week.
Lord God, thank You for Your instructions in Your Word regarding how to find Your peace, rest, and quiet times in our life. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington