Lents I Have Known: 2

Lent is the reason why I sabbath (or at least, attempt to).

Back in 2002, I couldn’t decide what to give up. One of my friends had shared that her family had been observing a sabbath for two years. I wasn’t sure if I could do six entire weeks, so I decided to try it for two—the two weeks before Lent. I figured that if it didn’t work, I could always give up tea.

Well, it did work. It stuck. If you’re doing the math, that was 10 years ago.

I have avoided the controversy of Saturday vs. Sunday by choosing … Wednesday as my Sabbath. It wasn’t taken, so I took it.

When I started, Wednesday was a real church-y day. I attended a Bible study in the morning and a small group at night. I haven’t had either of those things since 2006. I work from home for a monthly magazine, and the middle of the week tends to be slower. I often need to work on weekends, and my kids usually have activities on the weekends. So it works for me.

Few of my sabbaths are perfect. Usually, one a month is great, two are so-so, and one gets trashed (that would be when I’m on deadline).

What I do or don’t do on those rest days varies. I approach each one as a gift. I take extended time for prayer, and I open my Bible to the following Sunday’s readings. I try to keep more quiet than usual. I try really hard not to go to the store. I try to unplug (although I usually fail at that one). When my mom was sick the gift I needed most was to sleep, so I slept. I still need that.

One Wednesday I went to a cross-country meet. On another we drove out of town for a funeral. Next week I may be climbing Enchanted Rock with some friends. Sometimes the right thing to do is not to quibble but to show up.

I started this blog for the purpose of journaling what was happening to me on these weekly pauses. They are so much a part of my life now that I have little to say about them. I don’t blog about brushing my teeth, either. I just do it.



  1. My heart thinks this a very wise thing to do Megan.

  2. Brilliant choice, Megan. I’m still working on that one – and the unplugging? Man, it’s hard for me. Really hard. Which most likely means – I NEED TO DO IT. Pastoring leads to NO weekend Sabbath. So while I worked, I too kept a Wednesday Sabbath – and I loved it. But now my husband is home with me all week (for 10 years he was gone midweek because his primary job was 125 miles from here and he stayed with our daughter and her family – I don’t know exactly why, but Sabbath, or at least part of it, means stretches of alone time for me) And now we care for our granddaughter on Wednesdays, too. So I’m trying to build a bit of Sabbath rhythm into part of each day. It’s good and helpful – but it’s not the same. I need a whole day and I need it as close to every week as I can figure out. So I thank you for this reminder.

    And I won’t blog about brushing my teeth, either.

  3. “Sometimes the right thing to do is not to quibble but to show up.”

    I quibble way too much.

    And I’m glad you don’t blog about brushing your teeth. 🙂

  4. Megan – I am learning here from your Sabbath experiences. I keep trying to observe the Sabbath, but Sunday is the only day that works for me, except for the days that it doesn’t work. I’m glad to know that yours don’t always work perfectly either, but you just keep doing them. For the Lord.

  5. I love this and the birthday poem. (It’s a twofer comment!) It’s so rainy and cold today that my Lenten walk might have been my dash into B&N an hour ago…but reading your journey inspires me to stick with mine.

  6. Your last paragraph… I like that. We use a wood cookstove for heating and cooking. Once I thought about writing a cookbook based on the wood cookstove, but it’s not much different than a “regular” stove. It just takes a lot longer to get it up to heat is all. I figured I could write than in a sentence, not a book. Funny how what becomes ordinary to us is still extra-ordinary to someone else.

    Maybe we wanna know about your toothbrush 🙂