What comes to mind when you hear the word Sabbath?
Church? Worship? Sunday School? A day off? A long nap? Family time? A holy day? A day of rest?
The Sabbath often brings to mind all of those things, and as of late, you could probably add words like #HisDay and “a delight” to the list. But how often do you associate the Sabbath with love? Have you ever thought that #HisDay might be all about love?
On a day where we have the opportunity to restart, recharge, and recommit, the love of a Father in Heaven has to be at the heart of such a gift.
by President Henry B. Eyring, the Sabbath is a day of gratitude and love, and “what matters most is the love we feel for the givers of the gifts.”
So how do we express the love we have for “the givers of the gifts,” our loving Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ? We show love to others.
When we love and serve God, we love and serve His children. So while the Sabbath may equate to church, worship, Sunday School, a day off, a long nap, and family time, at its core, it’s much more than that. It’s a day of love.
We show love to God when we show up to church ready and willing to recommit to be better. We show love to our brothers and sisters when we come to church prepared to teach our classes in a way that they can feel the Spirit. We show love when we spend meaningful time with our family. We show love when we pray to know who we can visit or reach out to who may be lonely or struggling. We show love when we shovel driveways, help someone move, and clean up after a storm—yes, even on a Sunday. Because if love is the “essence of the gospel
” of Jesus Christ, it has to be the essence of the Sabbath.
“On Sunday, each of us held four large sacrament meetings, one for victims and three for volunteers who had come from many states to help with the cleanup,” he said.