In the book "Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us" by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, various Spiritual Exercises are given to help us create a Sabbath practice that reflects who we are and our needs at this time. Here are some suggestions:
1. Gather your family together to discuss how to arrange your sabbath for refreshment, renewal and relationship. Ask "How do you intentionally leave the school - and work- week behind? Let everyone tell you one thing they love to do on Sunday. Share what makes Sundays difficult for you? How can you approach sabbaths in ways that do not force, rush or demand?
2. Begin your sabbath gently on Saturday evening.
3. Prepare a sabbath box or basket. Each Saturday evening, gather as a family to put all the things you don't need to take with you into Sunday. Drop cell phones, credit cards and gadgets into the box. Put your work projects and homework in the box. Tell one another what you are looking forward to as you enter Sunday. Pray together to receive the gift of Sabbath.
However, it might be helpful before we start anything to consider these following questions:
Explore these questions in personal reflection, at home, or in small groups:
CREATING A LIFE-GIVING PERSONAL SABBATH PRACTICE
There are so many different ways to celebrate Sabbath, it's hard to know what you should try first. Before you begin any faith practice, it’s helpful to take stock of how that practice does or does not show up in your life already. Find a quiet spot to spend some time asking yourself some or all of the following questions. Invite God to speak to your heart.
It then provides many ideas for celebrating sabbath.
FAMILY SABBATH PRACTICES
Here is a link to a short article that provides all kinds of resources for celebrating Faith Sabbath pracitices.
IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT SOMEWHERE IN ALL THESE LINKS YOU WILL FIND WAYS TO HELP YOUR SABBATH BECOME A WELCOME DAY OF REST, RENEWAL AND RE-ALIGNMENT.