CREATING SPACE FOR SABBATH
Hebrews 4: 9-11
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
By LORETTA FULTON
Normally, Friday and Saturday are days off for Kimberly Texidor.
The other five days are spent primarily at First Baptist Church in The Woodlands where she is children’s pastor. All seven days of the week, Texidor is a wife and mother. All of that takes time and energy.
Texidor is a firm believer in the “theology of the sabbath,” so when she had to travel to Abilene to lead a breakout session at the Texas Baptist Women In Ministry Conference, which was held Feb. 22–a Friday–she shifted her sabbath to another day of the week. Being able to make that adjustment is one of the important aspects of sabbath theology that Texidor stresses.
“It’s not legalism,” Texidor said during her “Creating Space for Sabbath” breakout session.
Texidor was one of several speakers and session leaders at the conference, which was held at Hardin-Simmons University on Friday. The conference rotates each year between HSU’s Logsdon Seminary and Truett Seminary at Baylor University.
The “theology of the sabbath” does not require setting aside a specific day each week for rest. It is deeper than that. Sunday never is a day of rest for those who work at a church, Texidor noted. And just because Friday normally is her “sabbath day,” it doesn’t mean she can’t adjust. What’s important is keeping the sabbath, no matter the day of the week.
“It’s a grace gift,” Texidor said, not a requirement.
There is never an end to work, Texidor said, so it is necessary to discipline yourself to stop “because it’s time to stop.” Texidor creates a “dump list” on Thursday afternoon, assuming she gets to observe her sabbath on Friday. The list is everything she didn’t get done that she intended to. When Texidor first began assembling the list, she would take it home with her and make a phone call or answer two or three emails on her sabbath.
But that ended when she accepted as a gift the idea that she can’t do it all or be it all. That was a liberating realization for Texidor and now she is “religious” about observing a sabbath day–even if it means adjusting her schedule to travel to Abilene on her usual sabbath day of rest. Sabbath is sacred and should always be observed.
“It’s a practice day for heaven,” Texidor said.