DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SABBATH: FINDING REST, RENEWAL, AND DELIGHT IN OUR BUSY LIVES BY WAYNE MULLER
1) When do you think rest got devalued?
2) Have you experienced times when illness became your Sabbath?
3) On p. 49, Muller writes, “Marilyn cares for herself with great conviction. But she does not care for herself with the same conviction. She feels her time at rest will somehow take away from those in need, those whom she truly loves and hopes to serve.” What does your self-care look like? Has it changed over the years, and if so, how?
4) On p. 51, Muller writes, “We prefer to remain in the realm of form, surrounded by things we can see and touch, things we imagine are subject to our control.” Do you view the world of form as a distraction?
5) On p. 79, Muller writes, “Only when we get to the end can we lie down in green pastures, be led beside still waters, and allow our soul to be restored.” On p. 211, he writes, “There are always a million good reasons to keep on going, and never a good enough reason to stop.” Do you ever feel like you can’t rest until “you get to the end?”
6) On p. 100, Muller gives the example of Lorraine, who says, “You have to give up something to be a success in business. There’s not time for everything. Me, I have very little time for my spiritual life. I don’t have a civic life. And I do very little with friendships—anything that doesn’t have to do with business. I don’t have time to cultivate relationships that aren’t profitable.” Have you ever had similar issues in your life, and if so, how did you deal with them?
7) On p. 130, Muller discusses the “gospel of consumption.” Do you think the pendulum will swing the other way? Are there things we can do to help that happen?
8) On pp. 187-188, Muller discusses “disasters” that have turned out to be blessings. Have you ever had this experience?
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