From Sabbath Time by Tilden Edwards:
When we cease from work, we show ourselves to be labor’s master (52).
…a Jew does not worship in order to get something out of it, or to meet some need, but simply because it is commanded. Such obedience…. can be a voluntary and mature submission of a strong ego to a particular disciplined way that is sensed as true (56).
If we simply do something out of love and yearning for God without trying to calculate what it will get us or even what it means, that intent and its actions can carry us farther into becoming our true self in God’s image (56).
One of the great potential freedoms of the mature Christian life is from slavery to human impulse and wants, which currently are easily confused with authentic human needs (57).
We can’t properly value and do justice to work except in light of its sabbath interruption (58).
…you learn rest primarily by being given a way to experience it firsthand (59).
…wasting time with God… (60)
(not a direct quote) Why do we want to rest? Law/obedience, escape, entertainment (60)
…sink ever deeper into the rest of God (61).
This rest must be basically an end in itself… (62).
Love at its deepest is always an end in itself. We want nothing more than to be present-in-love. That is enough. Rest happens in such moments (62).
…serene abandonment to the serious play of God (63).
Sabbath rest… emphasizes trustfully relaxing into what already has happened and is happening for us in God’s restful grace (65).
Christians frequently have had trouble moving their bodies as well as their minds in response to life’s giftedness (66).
The very word chosen by the Greek Fathers for the perfect mutual indwelling of the Holy Trinity, Perichoeresis, literally means “dancing around (66).”
Sabbath is… an intentional halt. It is a time for… arts; a time to appreciate a tree, your neighbor, and yourself without doing something to them; a time to praise God as an end in itself (90).
…in vowed return to sabbath time the vision is restored and ever widened to include all that is real in God’s eye, all that is meant to be. A discerning eye is cultivated that more easily knows the spiritual wheat from the chaff, and is strengthened to cultivate the former’s deepening life in the world (94).