We have a few ideals for the celebration for this day that we have tried to practice whenever possible. We aren't overly legalistic, and remember that these goals are set for ourselves. As a wise man (Jesus) once said, "The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath." We have found incredible joy and freedom in the joy of practicing this discipline.
We welcome Shabbat as the sun goes down with the same meal each week. For our main course we eat lentil soup made with lentils, onions, garlic, olive oil, and some wine. Lentils were eaten in Jesus day, and we love the idea that we could be eating similar foods to what HE had. We also have bread, (sliced and toasted that Geoff dips into olive oil), and wine - elements we know Jesus would have had during His Shabbat meals, that we enjoy in remembrance of HIM. After the meal we eat a taste of honey to remember how "sweet" (Psalm 19:10) His Word is and read the parashah for the week. This meal is the start of our Sabbath celebration that lasts until the sun sets on Saturday.
Though a hard discipline to prioritize at times, our lifestyle here has more easily allowed us to engage in this blessing from the LORD and we are thankful for the experience! Though hospitality trumps fasting of any kind, we try to avoid eating anything that would have sacrificed it's life on Shabbat, remembering that GOD's original design was free of such death. This is one example of a few practices we try to incorporate that help remind us through the day to focus solely on the Kingdom of Heaven, and not those of this world.
We desperately need this day to stop everything to focus on HIM, or we find our lives motivated by the passions of this world instead of passion for His Kingdom. During the week we are full of the day to day concerns of surviving on earth and do our best to invite GOD into those moments. On Shabbat our only concern is to focus on the Kingdom of Heaven, and we do our best to respond to GOD's invitation to join HIM in a Sabbath rest. The distractions of the world are free to wait for another day as our Savior reminds us who we are in HIM. May the LORD reveal to all of us how to invite HIS Sabbath rest into our lives. Shabbat Shalom! (Sabbath Peace!)