I've been thinking a lot lately about the Sabbath Day. Especially with the wonderful lesson we had this week at church by our Bishop about how our faith in Christ and His Atonement can increase as we make our Sabbath Day observance more meaningful.
One point he made was about how our preparation for the Sabbath is so incredibly important. I remember when I was 6 or 7 receiving a wonderful Christmas present. I still cherish it to this day. It was a set of Little House on the Prairie books. I recall in there a lesson that Laura learned the hard way.
The lesson of how to act on the Sabbath. Her father shared a story about how when he was younger the Sabbath started Saturday night, when the sun went down, and it ended Sunday night when the sun went down. He was very clear as to the things that she and her sisters could and could not do on the Sabbath.
While the Sabbath does not generally start Saturday night, our preparation for it should. There are many things we can do to prepare for the Sabbath.
When I was little my mom would always sing to us (and make us sing) the song Saturday is a Special Day the lyrics say:
Saturday is a special day.
It's the day we get ready for Sunday:
We clean the house, and we shop at the store,
So we won't have to work until Monday.
We brush our clothes, and we shine our shoes,
And we call it our get-the-work-done day.
Then we trim our nails, and we shampoo our hair,
So we can be ready for Sunday!
To this day I find myself humming this song as I think about getting prepared for Sunday. I know that as I have worked on making my Sabbath Day more of a delight, by preparing for it, I have received so many blessings. The least of which being a greater sense of the Spirit. God is looking for ways to bless us and as we keep the Sabbath Day holy we will be able to recognize and receive those blessings.