Saturday is a special day, It's the day we get ready for Sunday. (Primary Children's Songbook)
So, Sunday is the sacred day. But spiritually and physically it is more than okay to start preparing on Saturday for the "Holy Day" of "peace and rest".
Put your house in order, at least to the extent that you know you have something ready to wear for church and you know where your shoes are. I even dumped my purse out on the carpet last night and only put back in, the things I would need in my purse to attend church. Maybe that seems a little weird, but it's a woman thing to do. As I left this morning (Sunday), I also threw in a Rice Crispy Treat and a cheese stick in case my blood sugar started dropping.
"Peace and rest": Rest from your normal routine, from loud television shows, from conflicts and stress. Rest from the "everyday", worldly cares. It actually is a relief to not have to go shopping!
In Sacrament meeting today, someone was bearing their testimony and in her words, I could feel the effort she was making to drop her burdens at the feet of the Savior. She had had a busy, crazy, stressful week; she had ended that week in tears and I could feel her searching for peace as she spoke.
It is the Savior who can pull us through those hard times, through adversity and troubled waters, through grief and pain. We (I) so need a day to be reminded of this, to be reminded to look up to the Heavens for strength, inspiration, and rest.
Here is what I jotted down on my church bulletin as I listened to the soul's plea as the sister worked through her grief and came out on the other side.
I wrote, "Things to do on Sunday":
- FamilySearch indexing
- Write a missionary
- Scan family pics to put on FamilySearch
- Read the scriptures or talks from conference
- play uplifting and joyful music
- Write in my journal (I don't have a journal, but I have a booklet that could become a journal.
- Pray for our soldiers and sailors (my granddaughter is in the Coast Guard.
- Pray for those who weren't able to make it to church this Sunday
- Send someone in the ward a birthday card or an inspirational happy card or whatever kind you feel like they need.
- Make a plan to do your visiting teaching.
- Touch bases with family. If they are far away, call or Skype. If they are closer, eat a meal together. Reach out to family members or those who live alone.
After writing these thoughts down, I will go back and put in a few pictures so as to make it more vibrant and shareable. Hope you have a Happy and Fulfilling Sunday.
Remember, if you need to take a nap or have some private time, add that type of goal on your Sunday To Do List, too!