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"The Sabbath Hour"

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, what would Sunday be?
A day to think of other things, and in the world to be?

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, how fun each Sunday would be!
To the football field, the basketball court, the golf course I would be!

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, how much richer I would be!
I would work all day, and earn a lot, to finally be debt free!

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, how culturally refined I would be!
I would eat in the finest restaurants, to the movies and concerts flee!

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, how healthy I would be!
I would hike a mountain, hunt a deer, camp and fish with glee!

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, how empty I would be!
For in my own self serving life, I would lose eternal keys.

If the Sabbath day were the Sabbath hour, how sad I would be!
For I would have to carry my sins, and the Savior never please.

POET'S COMMENTS

Much counsel has been given on Sabbath day observance. How often do we as Christians forget that the Sabbath day is equal to 24 hours, not just an hour? The activities in which we engage on that day reflect where our hearts, thoughts, and desires lay.

The Sabbath offers an incredible opportunity to know the Savior and our Heavenly Father. Who would want to trade that opportunity for temporary earthly pleasure?

Truly it is a day of adoration that should be filled with joy and gratitude. It should be a day in which we come to feel the love of God as in no other day of the week. It is a day for counting blessings bestowed by His merciful hand.

Those who properly dedicate this day to God come to find hidden treasures that build testimony, teach eternal truths, and offer pure witnesses of the Christ and the Spirit. It is on this day that man can feel one with God, and the unblemished feelings of forgiveness and love.

On this day deity is acknowledged and an eternal relationship is built. It is upon this revelatory foundation that the mysteries of God are unveiled, and we come to know Him. On this day, we are gifted time to spend several moments with our dear Savior and Redeemer. It is on that day we confirm our eternal birthright, and a celestial inheritance through covenant, prayer, and service. It is a day to recommit to covenants, and then the Father reconfirms His promises by the power of the Holy Spirit. The sacrament is experienced and a rebirth occurs.

Who would want to trade that for any worldly activity? Yet on that day, it is often done. The reader must be reminded of when Esau traded his birthright for bread and a pottage of lentils.

"And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright." (Genesis 25:33-34)

Would one trade their time with God or the Savior for amusement or entertainment? It seems so silly, but it happens every Sunday.

The beautiful experiences that can occur on this day are nothing short of miraculous. They confirm our status as sons and daughters, children of the Living God.

Engaging in worldly activities on the Sabbath moves us away from those sacred opportunities and experiences.

May we find a deeper joy by reserving that day for Him, and Him only.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:3)

May we all put God first on that sacred day.

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8)

POEMS

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A Bridge To Heaven's Gate

A Lighthouse Of Love

A Prayer To Heaven

A Ripple In The Water

A Shepard's Call

Abandoned Moments and Forsaken Memories

Adversity, My Friend

Anger's Prison

An Ocean of Pride

Become As A Child

Be Still

Born Again

Bound By Service

Burning Sparks

Christmas Eve Memories

Day And Night

Does Mercy Rob Justice?

Faith In My Trials

Father Is Waiting

Forever My Angel

Free From Hypocrisy

God's Gift

God's Poet

God's Witness

Heaven's Treasure

He Counseled God

Hidden In The Forest

Hope And Faith

If There Were No Light!

In Remembrance

In The Upper Room

My Father, My Knight

My Last Thoughts

My Mother

My Needs Are Great

Our Father's Love

Our Sweet Temples

Promises and Procrastination

Reconciliation

Reflections

Rescuing God's Children

Resurrection's Glory!

Shun Pride, And Forgive

Spiritual Gifts

Suffer It To Be

Sweet Feast

Tears

Tell Me! Why Dear Lord?

The Endless Road

The Hem Of My Garnent

The Message Of Hope

The Notes I No Longer Hear

The Power To Lift

The Prodigal Son

The Sabbath Hour

The Seven Days of Creation

The Story of Flowers

The War For Eternal Choices

Time To Become

To The Shores of Paradise

Walk With Me

When Doubt Puts Truth On Trial

Whisperings of Wisdom