What if there was no Sabbath?

—In a “Prize Essay on the Sabbath,” written by a journeyman printer of Scotland —which for singular power of language and beauty of expression, has rarely been surpassed —there occurs th

Edward Chambe Hardman c 1935

e following passage. Read it and then reflect for a while on what a dreary and desolate life would be present if the Sabbath were blotted out from our calculations:

“Yoke-Fellow ! for that I how I think of no-Sabbath, as would hopelessly enslave the working classes with whom we are identified, with no rest, no respite, no glimpse of humanity.

Think of labor thus going on in one monotonous and continued cycle —limbs forever on the rack, the fingers forever plying, the eye-balls forever straining, the brow forever sweating, the feet forever plodding, the brain forever throbbing, the shoulders forever dropping, the loins forever aching, and the restless mind forever scheming.

Think of the beauty it would efface ; of the merry-heartedness it would extinguish ; of the giant strength it would tame; of the resources of nature that it would exhaust; of the aspiration that it would crush ; of the sickness it would breed; of the projects it would wreck ;of the groans it would extort; of the lives it would immolate ; and the cheerless graves that it would prematurely dig !

Esiaias Bourisse 
See them, toiling and moiling, sweating and fretting, grinding and hewing, weaving and spinning, stewing and gathering, mowing and reaping, grading and building, digging and planting, unloading and storing, striving and struggling —in the garden and in the field, in the granary and in the barn, in the factory and in the mill, in the warehouse and in the shop, on the mountain and in the ditch, on the roadside and in the wood, in the city and in the country, on the sea and on the shore, and on the earth in days of brightness and of gloom. 
What a sad picture would the world present if we had no Sabbath!”

-from the California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, 8 March 1855


Isaiah 58 3 If you keep the Sabbath holy, not having your own fun and business on that day, but enjoying the Sabbath, speaking of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day, by honoring the Lord in what you do, & not following your own desires and pleasure but living rightly and not talking idly— 14 then the Lord will be your delight, and I will see to it that you ride high and get your full share of the blessings that I promised to Jacob, your father. The Lord has spoken. Exodus 16 23 And he, Moses, told them, “Because the Lord has appointed tomorrow as a day of seriousness and rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord when we must refrain from doing our daily tasks. So cook as much as you want to today, and keep what is left for tomorrow, the Sabbath.”

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