Monday, August 1, 2011

Bookmarks: Sabbath, May 6, 1988

When my Great Grandpa Leighton-Floyd passed away in 2007, I inherited some of his books.  The family kindly and generously took one another into consideration when dividing up his books which made it all that much sweeter walking away with an armload or two of words he held dear.  The pages in the books are marked.  Sections of the text are highlighted and some pages have his notes written in the margins.  To me there is nothing that tells me more about him.  I have learned a lot about my great Grandpa L-F by reading what was important to him but part of him will remain a little mysterious.  Why was this passage so important?  What was he thinking when he marked that page?  I kind of like the mystery.  Here is my favorite book:

The New Union Prayer Book for Weekdays, Sabbaths and Festivals.
I love reading this book when I need to be uplifted or when I am seeking peace.  Sometimes I read it while sitting outside, in the quiet. 

I found this Israeli stamp taped to the inside cover:

More importantly, this bookmark,among many others:


I have the privilege to know the exact Sabbath reading my great Grandfather led on May 6, 1988.  First of all, for those that don't know, Shabbat is more commonly known (and this is an assumption on my part that my readers are not familiar with the term Shabbat) as the Sabbath.  Sabbath means "rest" or "cessation".  It is a time to give up the things of the world:  work, labor, etc. and to reflect, praise God and spend time with family. I won't type out the whole Shabbat, reading, because it is very long, but wanted to include some of it because it's so beautiful.  The bolded section below is for my friend Amy M.  Amy, I have been praying fervently for you and when I read this tonight, I prayed again. 

Eternal God, open my lips that my mouth may declare your glory.

Lord, You are our God, even as You were the God of Abraham and Sarah, the God of our fathers and mothers, the God of all the ages of Israel.

They are our past and we are their future.

We recall their vision and pray for the strength to keep it alive:
Help us, O God and Shield, to keep their faith.

O God, Shield of Abraham, Sarah's Help, in all generations be our Help, our Shield, our God!

Eternal God, the power of Your spirit pervades all creation.  When we open our hearts to You, we are filled with Your strength:  the strength to bear our afflictions, the strength to refuse them victory, the strength to overcome them. 

And then our will is renewed:  to lift up the fallen, to set free the captive, to heal the sick, to bring light to all who dwell in darkness.

Add Your strength to ours, O God, so that when death casts its shadow, we shall yet be able to say:  O Source of blessing, You are with us in death as in life!

Tucked inside the reading is a slip of paper that reads:
O Eternal Father of heaven and earth, we do praise you for your mighty works, your loving kindness toward us unworthy creatures, yet in Your great love You condescended to come down from your high and holy habitation, and save us from our sins. 

On this Sabbath we ask that we might worship you in Spirit and in truth, we pray, in Jesus' precious name, Amen. 

1 comment:

  1. Comment from Facebook:

    Amy Moser:

    Thank you Jess. That meant so much to me.