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There is a day of rest for you and me A Sabbath day of sweetest harmony Where God and man converse and blessings dwell and sacred hours are spent to be made well It is the seventh day, a holy time Creation's testament, it stands sublime Remembered are those days when words God spoke And life He gave to man and Adam woke There by his side was Eve, a sheer delight And gifted Eden was an awesome sight That Friday night, the Sabbath ushered in What blissful joy and peace, but then came sin The rest is known to us, the tragic toll But our Creator God can save the soul And Christ came down to die on cruel tree To gift eternal life to you and me His pow'r to recreate is ours to ask Salvation is a gift and not a task From sunset Friday and to Saturday The Sabbath blessing enters hearts to stay There is a day of rest from worldly care To worship God and feel His presence there The Sabbath is a joy to celebrate And through the hours we sing: "Our God is Great!" Eileen Manassian I believe in the Biblical day of rest which is a memorial of God's creative and recreative power. It is a day to strengthen our relationship with God by putting aside our worries and cares and concentrating on His goodness and giving Him free reign to heal us. We can come into His presence any day of the week, but the Sabbath is especially blessed by His presence. The fourth commandment speaks of the importance of the Sabbath. Jesus himself, as was his custom, went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. There is no Biblical evidence that the day was changed by the Lord from Saturday to Sunday. The Catholic church has documented papers in which they readily admit to having changed the day of worship to Sunday in honor of the Lord's resurrection. However, I stand with the Biblical injunction to keep the SEVENTH day holy as Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy them, but to fulfill them, 18 because I tell all of you with certainty that until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law until everything has been accomplished." (Matthew 5: 17 & 18) NIV There is a special blessing that God has in store for those who keep His day holy and come into His presence. I've long wanted to write this poem. I hope you enjoy it. I don't want to open dialogue about which day is the right day....or if it even matters. I'm sharing my belief and joy in this gift of God, and I encourage you to set a time aside to come into His presence. Isaiah 58:13-14New International Version (NIV) 13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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Date: 10/26/2015 6:00:00 AM
This I believe in 100%, and this is just so so beautiful, Eileen. Thanks for sharing this with us! "From sunset Friday and to Saturday The Sabbath blessing enters hearts to stay"...so nice to read those words from a beautiful poet who cherishes the special day of rest. I am joyous in reading such respectful reflections. Always, Laura
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Date: 10/19/2015 8:56:00 PM
Yes indeed the signs are plentiful.
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Date: 10/17/2015 8:19:00 PM
I love the way you honor God Eileen in this wonderful write. I enjoyed it immensely!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 10/18/2015 12:18:00 AM
It's easy to honor him with words, Michael. I've been remiss in honoring Him with my life. There is always hope...thanks for the lovely post, dear. Hugs
Date: 10/17/2015 9:33:00 AM
This is a moving reminder and worthy of both contemplation and action. The Biblical quote further strengthens your message!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 10/18/2015 12:22:00 AM
Thank you, Richard. I'm glad you liked this piece. The Sabbath, when observed in the right spirit, is a true blessing. The word for FRIDAY in GREEK means preparation day. Getting ready for the Sabbath involves preparing heart and home for special celebrations of God's presence. I have been remiss in enjoying the benefits of this day. I enjoyed the sermon this last Sabbath. It was about Jesus' soon coming and how we should live in a mode of readiness. The signs are all around....Thank you for being open-minded about this poem. Hugs
Date: 10/16/2015 8:48:00 PM
You are so strong in your beliefs. I admire that, Eileen. I was never able to figure out how to "honor" God on this day since I get bored with religious stuff. So I usually just stay home doing internet or something. as for embarrassing things, I get you. I have done such stupid embarrassing things that I do not dare tell them here either. It would take so long just to even explain it!!!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 10/18/2015 12:24:00 AM
:) I guess everyone of us has felt that as restrictive at times. It's basically just a date day with God. It's that getting away with someone that you have a relationship with that makes the day special. My relationship needs some nurturing. That's what the day is all about. Thanks for the post, dear.
Date: 10/16/2015 11:45:00 AM
Holy words from the most pious soul.Excellent.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 10/18/2015 12:27:00 AM
Thank you, Miraj. Pious....is a lovely compliment, but I have a long way to go until I become the kind of person I need to be. God is at work and He won't give up on me. This knowledge sustains me. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Date: 10/16/2015 11:35:00 AM
It is the least each one of us can do to honor HIM who gave us life and sacrificed His only Son! Excellent sermon that the pure in heart will enjoy and the not so pure should pay attention, dear Eileen, a seven!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 10/18/2015 12:28:00 AM
Thank you, my wise and wonderful poet. You are truly His messenger. :) Demetri mou...kapios egrapse ena peema gia sena. Psakhne ton. Ena to anthropos pou egrapsi to teleftegia etho. Me agape panta.