Participants: Shelley Quinn (Host), May-Ellen Colón
Series Code: IAA
Program Code: IAA000417
00:01 Did you know that the Sabbath is both
00:03 about vertical relationships and horizontal relationships?
00:06 The vertical is with God
00:07 and the horizontal is with His family?
00:09 Join us today, and we're gonna tell you
00:11 some wonderful ways to celebrate God's special day.
00:41 Hi, I'm Shelley Quinn, and this is "Issues & Answers."
00:44 And the issue we're talking about
00:46 today is the Sabbath and the fellowship part.
00:49 How we are having a vacation
00:51 not only with God, but with God's family?
00:53 And joining us again today is Dr. May-Ellen Colon.
00:57 Dr. Colon, we're so glad that you're back.
01:00 And we are talking about your book
01:02 "From Sundown To Sundown". How to enjoy?
01:06 How to keep the Sabbath and enjoy it?
01:08 Thank you, so much for being here.
01:10 It's a privilege.
01:11 Now you are the assistant director,
01:14 and always this is a mouthful.
01:16 Assistant director of Sabbath School
01:20 and personal ministries for the General Conference
01:22 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
01:24 And you've wrote this wonderful book
01:26 "From Sundown to Sundown to Sundown"
01:27 as kind of an extension of your personal experience,
01:31 your dissertation when you were,
01:33 the studies that you did,
01:35 as you're getting your doctorate.
01:36 And now you've put this into a very charming book,
01:40 a book that is not at all like
01:45 most books about the Sabbath.
01:46 This is all about how to enjoy God's Sabbath.
01:50 And she had shared with us so far 11 principles.
01:53 Now, I'm going to recap and then
01:55 we're going to talk about fellowshipping.
01:58 Let's look at the principles that
01:59 Dr. Colon has gotten from the Bible,
02:03 I mean, these are scriptural principles.
02:05 And first the guiding principle
02:06 for Sabbath is preparing, then resting,
02:10 then we have renewing, healing, celebrating,
02:14 and sanctifying, remembering, worshipping,
02:19 basking, responding, and trusting in God.
02:23 Now, if you missed any of those
02:26 and I just suggest that you watch
02:29 and try to see these program that came previously,
02:32 but today is gonna be a fun day.
02:34 We're gonna be talking about fellowshipping.
02:37 Please, let's start with that
02:40 principle number 12, which is all about.
02:43 The vacation with God's family
02:45 and it's starts with fellowshipping.
02:49 And that includes our own family.
02:50 Amen, yes, amen.
02:52 Nurturing Sabbath keeping means,
02:55 nurturing our relationships with family and friends.
02:59 And Jesus modeled this, you know,
03:02 went up to synagogue one Sabbath to Simon's house,
03:06 and you know, he modeled this idea.
03:08 And then God provides time to focus fellowship
03:12 with the whole family, even the family animals.
03:14 So that's in Exodus 20 talks about, not working.
03:18 So we can have this fellowship
03:19 including the animals. Yeah.
03:21 And the strangers when they get and so forth.
03:25 And then Sabbath and family go together.
03:30 I was really intrigued when I was at
03:32 Andrews at the seminary, I, Dr. Jack Deacon,
03:36 one of my favorite Hebrews scholars.
03:37 He told me about there's two Sabbath stories in Genesis.
03:43 In Genesis 1 and Genesis 2,
03:46 the two creation stories I should say.
03:49 And in Genesis 1, it has course of lists
03:53 all the seven days and then it says that,
03:55 you know, then he made the Sabbath.
03:57 And it's divided into seven parts,
03:59 you know, the seven days.
04:01 And then the second creation story,
04:04 it picks up in the beginning of Genesis 2.
04:07 And again it talks about how God made,
04:11 you know, Adam and Eve and so forth.
04:13 And Dr. Deacon says that story
04:17 is also broken up into seven parts.
04:20 And they're actually parallel the first story,
04:23 I don't have time to go into it,
04:24 and that one ends with the family.
04:27 You know, when the God, you know,
04:29 the God is, you know, there's husband shall
04:31 leave his father and mother include and his wife
04:34 and so forth, that's the end of that story.
04:37 And he said, Dr. Deacon said that in Hebrew thinking.
04:42 We have this parallelism.
04:43 And when there is a parallelism like that,
04:46 that means they're related to each other.
04:49 So the Sabbath was not only
04:50 a time to come apart and rest,
04:52 and spend that time with God, but also with the family.
04:56 Right and they go together.
04:57 Even the literary structure, amen,
05:00 of those two creations stories points that out.
05:02 That's beautiful. Yeah, it's exciting.
05:04 And I love, again I'm going back to our
05:08 Jewish friends have been the custodians
05:10 of the Sabbath for many, many
05:14 thousands of years. And they do.
05:17 Well, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.
05:19 They haven't only kept the Sabbath
05:21 and Sabbath has kept the Jews.
05:22 And one other favorite fellowship activities,
05:25 when the Sabbath comes in, epitomized this
05:29 idea of fellowship with the family
05:31 and how the Sabbath and the family go together.
05:34 And they called this ceremony,
05:37 and I think we mentioned it on a previous program,
05:39 "the Kabbalah of Shabbat." Yes.
05:41 And I wish we have time to reenact this whole thing.
05:45 I have a lot of fun doing that when I have more time,
05:48 but the wife, the mother of the
05:50 family calls when Sabbath begins.
05:54 And they have, they have the table all set
05:56 and they have two candles there,
06:00 at least, two candles, and when shortly before
06:04 sundown probably about 40 minutes or so,
06:06 the wife lights the Sabbath candles
06:09 and says a special prayer.
06:11 And I like it. That is before the Sabbath actually begins.
06:14 It's kind of a hard preparation for the Sabbath.
06:16 Yes, they just kind of ease into it.
06:17 It's not, okay, sundown, stop everything, pull the plug.
06:22 No, they're kind of ease into it.
06:24 And then they have after that they have a blessing on the,
06:28 they usually have two rolls of
06:30 Challah bread as they call it, and.
06:32 Can you spell that?
06:33 C-H-A-L-L-A-H in English,
06:36 now don't ask me to spell it in Hebrew.
06:38 It's not, I wish, I knew Hebrew,
06:40 but they usually have two,
06:42 one represents one table below
06:44 and the other one the other and you notice
06:46 how it's waited and it kind of denotes,
06:49 not working, you know.
06:50 Like the folding over the arms.
06:51 Yeah, yes sort of, at least,
06:53 that's one meaning I can get--
06:54 And it can also be the intertwining
06:56 of the family and in other word--
06:57 Yes, oh! You can get a lot of mileage
06:59 out this that idea. Yeah.
07:01 And then they also have a blessing on the--
07:04 Grape juice. On the grape juice, yeah.
07:06 And they called that the Kaddish.
07:10 And it's a very, it's sort of a forerunner
07:13 of our communion service. You know, I think
07:16 Jesus probably had a Sabbath
07:19 opening traditions something like this.
07:22 It's quite possible.
07:23 Yeah, and so it kind of brings the,
07:25 you like to closer to me,
07:27 what Jesus family might have look like
07:29 on Friday evening at the set of sun.
07:32 And then after they, after they do this,
07:35 the father blesses the children.
07:39 And to knows, I wonder
07:40 how good are we at blessing our children?
07:42 And do they feel our blessing and our
07:46 Do they feel in a regular? If they haven't all week,
07:51 at least, if we can do it on Sabbath.
07:53 And we just use this opportunity
07:56 for this fellowship at a deeper level with our family.
08:00 And then after they have the blessings of the children,
08:04 the father will take each one and say, special blessings
08:06 for the children then he blesses his wife.
08:09 And when my husband and I do this,
08:11 we reenact the whole thing I actually
08:13 take luddites and I bless him too.
08:15 So that everybody is included.
08:17 He deserves the lot blessings
08:18 'cause I appreciate him so much.
08:20 But it's an intentional way, you know, yes,
08:23 they know you loves them, but we need to
08:26 say it more and the Sabbath affords that opportunity.
08:29 I had a friend, who is missionary.
08:31 Who married a man who calls himself a messianic Jew,
08:33 he was Jewish descent. And when they married,
08:38 they began to open up the Sabbath like this.
08:41 It's very special. We don't want people
08:44 to feel that we're saying that
08:46 these are things that must be done,
08:48 it's just something that you can do for your family,
08:51 but one thing that we have try to stress
08:53 over-and-over is that, even simple things can be special.
08:56 So one thing I do know about the Jewish culture
09:01 is that they really believe that preparation
09:05 for the Sabbath was a hard preparation.
09:08 That's right. And it wasn't just with God,
09:10 but kind of, it's with the family too, wasn't it?
09:13 Yes, the fellowship dimension is broadly
09:15 and I remember one Sabbath,
09:17 when sundown came there was
09:20 one item of preparation that I hadn't
09:23 taken care with my husband.
09:25 I had said something unkind
09:27 and judgmental during the week,
09:28 and I never really apologized and made it right.
09:33 And so when we sat down to welcome our guests
09:37 into our home as a couple, our children are blessed,
09:39 left the nest, I told them, I apologize for being
09:44 judgmental couple of days ago
09:47 and I'm really sorry and so forth.
09:51 And then when that happens Sabbath feast
09:53 to send it up on our home. Amen.
09:55 And we need to set up, that's part of our
09:57 Sabbath preparation and it involves the
10:00 horizontal relationships with our families,
10:03 so I'm bringing it in here too.
10:05 You know, you just showed me something
10:07 that I hadn't really, I mean,
10:08 I'm seeing it more clearly is that,
10:10 Sabbath is not only restoration
10:13 and renewal in a celebration of
10:16 a relationship with the Lord,
10:18 but there is a renewal of our relationship with our family.
10:22 That's right, and this is the time,
10:23 you know, my children were all left,
10:25 so we connect with each other on Sabbath, I called them,
10:29 they know they're gonna get a call from me.
10:31 One in California and one in Oakland, they just know it.
10:35 And this is our reconnecting time.
10:38 And you know, when our fellowship,
10:39 yes, a horizontal fellowship is still though
10:42 needs to be determined and control by the vertical.
10:47 So our fellowship needs to be in a holy manner,
10:52 but there is a lot of room for rebuilding our connection
10:55 with our family in the Sabbath hours.
10:57 And that kind of text you write to your next principle
11:00 which was all about affirming the family members.
11:04 Yes, affirming Sabbath keeping,
11:09 means, rightly representing the atmosphere
11:12 of the Sabbath by a spirit of acceptance, love,
11:16 and affirmation rather than
11:19 a spirit of judgment and criticism.
11:22 Jesus said after one of His miracles,
11:25 so healing on Sabbath stop to the Pharisees,
11:28 stop making being critical,
11:31 stop being judgmental, you know.
11:34 Amen. And make the right judgments.
11:37 And so Jesus was about affirming
11:40 and making people feel like they're valuable.
11:44 So once again now and all of these principles
11:47 that you have written are a reflection of the principles
11:51 or the reflection of the character of God.
11:53 Yes. The person of God.
11:55 And then we'll bring them into the principles
11:57 and then we put these principles into practice.
11:59 So how might someone put these principle
12:02 of affirmation or being firming into practice
12:06 in since of the not only the family,
12:09 but maybe even the family of God.
12:11 Well, first of all we have to have
12:12 the right, the right mindset.
12:16 We need to live with Sabbath as a gift of
12:18 grace not merely as a piece of a law.
12:22 Yes, there is a place for the law.
12:24 But we have to marry it with the grace idea
12:27 and that involves affirming
12:30 and being gracious to those around us.
12:36 And there was one family that made a rule,
12:41 you know, we have something negative
12:43 say in our family during the Sabbath,
12:46 we feel, if that comes to mind during the Sabbath,
12:48 if they can wake, we're gonna wake
12:50 till after the Sabbath is over.
12:52 We're gonna try to make Sabbath
12:53 on the day of affirmation and of,
12:56 and observe in a positive feeling
12:58 a relationship in a positive way.
13:02 And also another thing about this affirmation principle,
13:07 don't have your pre-children for dinner.
13:09 In other words, you know, what I mean?
13:12 Eating and alive, eating or alive.
13:15 That doesn't means, that's physically beating.
13:17 And that you could be having him for dinner.
13:18 Yes, yes, yes. Yes, so keeping, you know.
13:22 So this affirmation in positive framing of things.
13:28 You know, in Isaiah 15:13, the Lord does say
13:31 that we're not supposed to be talk in our own words.
13:33 And I think that's he is trying to show us
13:35 put a guard at the door oppose to our lips
13:38 and not to be talking about business,
13:41 If there is one area that I would say
13:43 many people are lax and it's Sabbath conversation.
13:46 It's not always the most affirming and the most holy.
13:51 And by holy we're not talking about that,
13:53 you know, it's got to be some pierce
13:55 holy within thou type conversation,
13:58 but that it should be a conservation that set apart
14:01 for the purpose of the day to
14:03 talk about God in His blessings,
14:05 to talk about His love and our love
14:07 for our family and our friends.
14:09 And to reflect the attitude of Jesus to His people,
14:13 you know, Jesus in the Ministry of Healing,
14:16 it says, it was heaven to be in Jesus presence,
14:19 you know, the dear Lord, the down to others.
14:22 He just have this affirmation,
14:25 this oozing was just, it was the way he was.
14:29 And so if we're gonna reflect that
14:31 characteristic of our God,
14:33 of our Lord affirmation will be one of our principles
14:37 that we live like and what better day to do it
14:40 then on the Sabbath, which is the time
14:43 for fellowship being and renewing our relationships.
14:47 And when you think about how many things are tugging
14:51 at the youth today, you know,
14:54 and there are so many families who are saying,
14:56 you know, I feel like my kids are being lost to me
14:59 and they're just going in so many different directions.
15:02 When family takes time during Sabbath to sit
15:07 and talk and affirm, this would make it,
15:10 I mean, that makes family time very special
15:13 and that's something that kids
15:15 would want to participate in.
15:17 And the associate the Sabbath and time with God
15:20 in a positive comforting lies, you know...
15:24 That's a wonderful.
15:25 And the Jew, our Jewish friends again,
15:29 they have, they have this little practice they follow.
15:35 They have a container,
15:37 it's usually more ornate anymore,
15:39 probably some got, everybody curbing,
15:41 and you know, medal or something,
15:43 but this is a little container that has bases
15:45 and things, they call it a Bausman.
15:48 And at the end of the Sabbath they pass it around and say,
15:53 may the fragrance of the Sabbath remain with you
15:56 throughout the coming week and I wish you
15:59 a wonderful week.
16:00 It's another way of affirming.
16:02 And I love, I can smell the clothes
16:04 from hearing this cinnamon, that's beautiful idea.
16:07 And so to them the Sabbath blessing
16:11 and what this represented is just that you're affirming
16:15 the Sabbath blessing on the rest of the week.
16:18 You know, on the person.
16:19 And on that person, yes,
16:20 you know that-you've got to value so much,
16:23 and I wish you have this wonderful blessing
16:26 that we've will enjoyed together.
16:28 And they the Havdalah ceremony, they call it.
16:32 At the end of the Sabbath, they have their beginning
16:34 when they hold up a candle and usually a young man
16:39 with the wicks all tangled and many, many wicks
16:41 all wrapped up in one.
16:43 And there is basically means because of the Sabbath
16:47 our family, our fellowship, our family has been
16:50 brought together again closely when we've been
16:54 entertain with each other, and--
16:57 And you know these are very simple things
16:58 that people could do and or start some kind of
17:01 tradition of their own, yeah, to make Sabbath special, yes.
17:06 I know, a few people my age who grew up in the Church,
17:11 who have such a wonderful attitude about Sabbath
17:15 and it's because their parents made Sabbath
17:18 so special for them that they couldn't wait
17:21 from week-to-week till the Sabbath came around.
17:24 And these are my ideas that you've kind of been
17:26 introducing and that you've talked about in your book
17:28 "From Sundown To Sundown"
17:30 that the Sabbath, you know,
17:33 we've got 52 days a year,
17:36 a vacation time with God and to look at the Sabbath
17:39 as a time of vacation, as a preparation
17:42 for a rehearsal, if you will for His second coming.
17:46 It's thinks that really,
17:47 I hope people will hear and put into practice.
17:50 And we're not only exalting the Sabbath
17:52 by these intentional practices,
17:56 but the Lord of the Sabbath.
17:57 That's right. You know, it's all about Him.
18:00 If there is one thing you remember listeners
18:04 from that what we've been talking about
18:06 is that Sabbath is all about Him.
18:09 Amen. And not about us.
18:11 And we'll be blessed the us part will take care
18:14 of itself when we focus on Him,
18:16 it'll be blessed and we knew.
18:17 He'll take care of us. Yes.
18:19 All right, so guiding principle number 14
18:24 and that's serving.
18:26 The Sabbath keeping means serving other people
18:30 and love and witnessing lovingly for our God.
18:34 And of course, Isaiah 58 is often we go
18:38 to the very end of Isaiah 58 and make it part
18:41 of our Sabbath Bible study.
18:43 And yes, we should use it, in spite, of our Sabbath,
18:45 but it's really helpful and enlightening to look
18:49 at the context of Isaiah 58,
18:53 and you oh! What's a lovely,
18:56 it's a wonderful sermon I don't have time
18:58 to get into it, but you'll see that Isaiah 58
19:02 there one of the main points is the idea of service.
19:07 Still serving the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul.
19:11 Yes, and the Sabbath actually epitomizes,
19:15 so there is in fact, there is the Seventh-day Sabbath,
19:19 of course, there are other Sabbaths
19:20 in the Hebrew history,
19:24 we don't have time to go into them.
19:26 Those are the special.
19:27 Yes, special Sabbath, but I looked at them
19:30 and many of them refer to some things for the,
19:33 you know, the poor mention often like
19:35 when the land has its Sabbath,
19:37 but sure you'll leave something for the poor,
19:39 so they can go during that time
19:40 and pick food for their needs.
19:43 And the poorer and caring and serving,
19:47 it is part of the Sabbath attitude
19:49 and again the Seventh-day Sabbath
19:51 in this Chapter is showing the same idea.
19:54 Yeah, and all of those, of course,
19:56 those types found their fulfillment in Jesus Christ,
19:59 so special types, those special Sabbaths,
20:02 but it's the idea that they did find their fulfillment
20:05 in Jesus that we then are to be fulfilling,
20:09 I mean, He fulfill them all and we are to be
20:11 reflecting His service,
20:13 His love to the poor, His love to--That's right.
20:16 You know, if you done it to one of the least of
20:18 these you've done it onto me, so--
20:20 Right, and this feast, you know,
20:22 they were called Sabbaths, they pointed forward
20:25 to the messiah, like you mentioned.
20:27 But of course the Seventh-day Sabbath is
20:30 set aside because that points back to creation.
20:35 And so it's in the different--
20:36 From the beginning.
20:37 Yes, from the beginning before there was over a Jew.
20:40 Amen, so some of the ideas of service that
20:43 people might have on Sabbath.
20:46 Oh, my I still remember the years ago
20:50 and do sunshine bands and of course,
20:52 visiting to sake and I remember,
20:54 I remember Joan lady who is my friend use
20:57 to take her children to the nursing home
20:59 and I wrote in my book what she used to say
21:02 before the children sing their songs,
21:05 when they are little, and so beautiful
21:06 I am just glad to read it to you.
21:08 This is what she said to the nursing home residents.
21:11 We are Seventh-day Adventists.
21:12 We wish we could sing to you everyday,
21:15 but don't have time because we're working,
21:18 but today we don't have to work
21:19 so we came to share some of our Sabbath joy with you.
21:24 How precious? She is a precious loyal. Yes.
21:27 She is here for our Ten Commandments weekend.
21:29 Oh, yes.
21:30 And they've a wonderful sermon on the Sabbath.
21:33 And we really enjoyed her.
21:34 But the idea of that's part of the,
21:37 that's what the Sabbath, you know,
21:39 we have time set aside.
21:41 Now we have there is a lots of issues.
21:44 Sometimes we can get so involved in service
21:47 that we end up more tired then when we start,
21:50 you know, we talked about that.
21:52 We have to keep things in perspective
21:53 and imbalance and then of course
21:55 the issue of some people will do though and,
22:00 you know, do manual labor and Sabbath building
22:03 and cleaning people's yards, that's another discussion.
22:09 But we have to see all the principles
22:13 we've to getting a synergy with each other. Yes.
22:16 And yes, we're suppose to do service,
22:19 but the Lord also says we need to rest
22:21 and set aside and set the day apart,
22:24 so it's not like every other day.
22:25 So we have to be careful that our principles
22:29 don't kind of clash with each other.
22:32 We've to keep them all in a synergy.
22:35 So that's another discussion,
22:37 but service is part of the Sabbath,
22:40 but all of our service doesn't only need to be on Sabbath.
22:43 Amen and you know, lot of people who present
22:46 this mystery on Sabbath,
22:48 but there are many, many ways.
22:51 And serving can be for one another as well. Yes.
22:55 That means this is the time I don't know,
22:58 why this is coming to my mind,
22:59 but I do know that there are sometimes
23:01 that families feel that you know,
23:04 kids feel like the parents really don't listen
23:07 to them or parents are too busy.
23:10 Sometimes, it may be that service you could even
23:13 look at is you're serving your family by giving them
23:16 your undivided attention that you're giving
23:19 that your teenager time to really talk to you,
23:23 I don't know there is a lot of things
23:25 that fall into this principle.
23:27 So that is the attitude.
23:28 The Sabbath attitude is one of serving
23:31 and setting our gender aside,
23:35 so that we can live with Lord's character.
23:38 And you also had mentioned in our program,
23:40 a previous program that when you're making Sabbath plans
23:44 you did not only a plan for the day.
23:46 but a monthly plans, so maybe one Sabbath
23:49 would be a Sabbath of service,
23:51 one Sabbath would be a Sabbath of
23:52 just come apart and rest.
23:54 And so that you're not exhausting yourself
23:58 and trying to fulfill every single principle on each one.
24:02 Okay, so let's look at guiding principle number 15 caring.
24:08 Caring for necessary needs.
24:13 Sabbath keeping means caring for necessary physical needs
24:16 on Sabbath and no creature, animal,
24:19 or human should be allowed to suffer on this day.
24:24 And the Lord talks about in Exodus 23:12 about,
24:29 you know, we even have your animals be
24:32 refreshed on Sabbath, so that they're not
24:34 overworked and not to suffering,
24:36 you know, and it some--
24:38 And the situation ox in a ditch or sheep
24:41 in the ditch you're gonna to take it out and not let this.
24:43 Yeah, in Mathew 12, of course when Jesus was
24:46 and His disciples are going through the cornfield
24:48 or the wheat field depending on what translations you read.
24:51 Yeah, again they were taking care of
24:54 unnecessary physical need apparently
24:55 they were hungry and he just do not
24:58 contaminant for that, yeah.
25:01 So the caring, now let's go through now
25:05 because we've had you now for four programs,
25:08 let's take all of these principles
25:10 and we're just gonna run them through real quickly
25:13 all principles of how to make the Sabbath a delight.
25:19 And the first principle is preparing.
25:23 And you get in that preparation done
25:25 you're gonna have a much happier Sabbath.
25:28 Resting is important, so that you know that
25:31 you're coming apart and getting some physical rest
25:34 and emotional spiritual rest.
25:36 Renewing, a Sabbath principle is healing.
25:40 Jesus spend a lot of His time there were seven miracles
25:43 that He did on the Sabbath day.
25:45 Celebrating, celebrating is something
25:48 I feel it's very important then we have
25:51 a sanctifying that the Sabbath is a time,
25:55 a principle of sanctifying and just realize
25:57 it's an intimate time with the Lord.
25:59 Remembering, remembering God is creator,
26:02 remembering all that He has done for us
26:04 and we're worshipping Him and truth
26:06 and spirit going to church with that attitude
26:08 that we are gonna worshiping
26:10 and realizing it doesn't end at the end of church.
26:12 Basking in God's wonderful creation going out into nature
26:17 and just sing what God has done for us
26:20 and the gifts He has given us.
26:21 Responding to Him and to His love.
26:24 Trusting in Him not leaning on our own understanding.
26:28 And then principle number 12 is fellowshipping,
26:31 that's what we've been talking about today.
26:33 How to restore that time with the family
26:35 and renew family relationships?
26:39 Affirming, being positive.
26:41 And serving others and then finally always
26:44 having that caring attitude.
26:46 When you would look at this in your book
26:50 "From Sundown To Sundown"
26:51 how to keep the Sabbath and enjoy it?
26:53 May Ellen taking these practices and looking
26:57 at this when your a little boy looked at you one day
27:00 when he was four years old and you're singing happy,
27:02 "Sabbath is a happy day" and he said,
27:04 no it's not momma.
27:06 When from that time forward to today
27:09 God is really changed your life,
27:12 not just in the way you celebrate the Sabbath,
27:14 but He has changed that really that personal
27:17 vertical relationships with Him, hasn't He?
27:19 Yes, He has.
27:21 And He used the Sabbath as a way
27:23 for me to just stop and reevaluate
27:26 my relationship with Him. Amen.
27:30 And the way I enjoying keep the Sabbath is
27:33 a reflection of the stay with that relationship.
27:36 I agree with that a 100% and we're so thankful
27:39 that you've come and May Ellen
27:40 for these last four programs.
27:42 We're thankful for the book and just thankful
27:45 that you're sharing the experiences
27:48 that God has let you through.
27:50 Now for those of you at home,
27:52 I hope somehow as it has for me that this has kind of,
27:57 maybe picked your interest in doing something
28:01 a little more special for each Sabbath.
28:04 May the love of the Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus
28:08 and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
28:10 be with you today and everyday?