According to the Jewish tradition,
Shabbat is part of the sacred covenant with God,
who rested on the seventh day.
"shavat va-yinafash," we translate as 'rested'.
Another translation says:
"paused and caught a breath,"
or "rested to become spiritually refreshed."
In the prophet Isaiah,
we meet the concept of making Shabbat
which is intimately intertwined with feeding the poor
and freeing the prisoner (Isa. 58).
As we set off on Shabbat,
we might ask ourselves
Am I open to sheer non-acquisitive delight
to being surprised round every corner
How will I enable the poverty within myself
to be fed and nourished?
What enslavement will I leave behind?
Can I frre the prisoners within me?
Can I leave myself open to
of my spirit
of my body
of my mind ?