Preparing For The Holy Day
the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Ex. 20:8.
very beginning of the fourth commandment the Lord said, “Remember.”
He knew that amid the multitude of cares and perplexities man would be tempted
to excuse himself from meeting the full requirement of the law, or would forget
its sacred importance. Therefore He said: “Remember the sabbath day,
to keep it holy.”
the week we are to have the Sabbath in mind and be making preparation to keep
it according to the commandment. . . .
Sabbath is thus remembered, the temporal will not be allowed to encroach upon
the spiritual. No duty pertaining to the six working days will be left for
the Sabbath. During the week our energies will not be so exhausted in temporal
labor that on the day when the Lord rested and was refreshed we shall be too
weary to engage in His service. . . .
let the preparation for the Sabbath be completed. See that all the clothing
is in readiness and that all the cooking is done. . . . The Sabbath is not
to be given to the repairing of garments, to the cooking of food, to pleasure
seeking, or to any other worldly employment. Before the setting of the sun
let all secular work be laid aside and all secular papers be put out of sight.
Parents, explain your work and its purpose to your children, and let them
share in your preparation to keep the Sabbath according to the commandment.
is another work that should receive attention on the preparation day. On this
day all differences between brethren, whether in the family or in the church,
should be put away. Let all bitterness and wrath and malice be expelled from
the soul. In a humble spirit, “confess your faults one to another, and
pray one for another.”
the setting of the sun let the members of the family assemble to read God’s
Word, to sing and pray.
jealously guard the edges of the Sabbath. Remember that every moment is consecrated,
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 64.