August 22, 2023

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Exodus 20:12 - Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.


The Bible reading from Exodus 20:12 reminds us of the importance of honoring our parents and keeping the Sabbath. God commands us to revere our mother and father, showing them respect and gratitude for the life they have given us. Additionally, we are called to observe the Sabbath, setting aside a day of rest and worship. By doing so, we acknowledge God as our Lord and recognize His authority over our lives.


Honoring our parents goes beyond simply obeying their commands. It involves showing them love, gratitude, and respect in all aspects of our lives. This commandment reminds us that our parents have played a significant role in shaping who we are and that we should never take their presence and influence for granted. Similarly, observing the Sabbath allows us to rest from our labor and dedicate time to worship and fellowship with God. It is a reminder that our worth and identity are not solely defined by our work, but by our relationship with the Lord.


Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder to honor our parents and keep the Sabbath. Help us to show love and respect to our parents, appreciating the sacrifices they have made for us. Teach us to prioritize rest and worship, setting aside time to connect with You and find rejuvenation in Your presence. May we always seek to live in obedience to Your commandments, knowing that they are for our good. In Jesus' name, amen.