slow moments on Sabbath days

Today was not a silent Sabbath. It felt packed to the gills with morning and church and company and projects and movement. It almost felt like all of today was in motion, almost. Gram and Gramps came up to tour our place and to lend a handyman hand for some of the little projects we've got going on. Of course, they came bearing boxes and gifts, odds and ends they'd assembled from their basement that we might have use for. Grandpa almost had the drill running before he took his coat off, madly determined to finish all the projects.

It felt weird to host them in our house - to welcome them into a space I desperately want to be as comfortable as their little house on the corner.

What is it about my grandparents' home that makes it so wonderful? Those two steps up the landing before I swing open the wooden door in the entryway are always filled with anticipation. It doesn't matter if I'm stopping by to pick up jam or sitting down to share some of Gram's amazing beef stew.

I love it.

And so, I wondered today what it would take. What is that thing that makes a home feel so good and safe and welcoming? Like it's a good time to tell stories and drink coffee slowly and spread a board game across the table for the afternoon. It's that thing that quickly convinces that you are not in a hurry.

I want to have a home like that - where even the most packed of Sabbath Sundays have slow moments.

Hm.

Maybe that's it - inviting people in to share slow moments with you. When all the rest of life is rushing, it's about being still and knowing who is sovereign.

Maybe that's the it thing.