To the Editor,
In last Friday’s Mercury, an article was printed from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune which described the problem of the “Sunday night blues,” and bemoaned the loss of rest, connection, and contentment which Sundays now represent to many people. Could these significant losses actually be symptoms of the underlying loss of Sunday itself?
Some of us still call Sunday “the Lord’s Day” according to the language of the 4th Commandment, which has an often overlooked description and instruction: “the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God, in it you shall not do any work” (Exodus 20:10). While the prohibition on work may seem rather restrictive, Jesus assures us it is for our good in saying, “the Sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27). It would seem, then, that in giving up the Sabbath day, we have also given up Sabbath benefits of rest, connection, and contentment.
Unless you are the type of person who doesn’t need these things, I would encourage you to set aside your work for one whole day each week, and to return your Sunday to being a day of rest and worship.
You may consider this a fanciful idea and say, “but that is not the way our busy, modern society works,” to which I would completely agree. The question must be asked, however (and essentially was asked by the Star-Tribune article), is the way in which our busy, modern society works actually working?
Rev. Jonathan Haney
Manhattan Reformed Presbyterian Church
1518 Pierre St.