Wednesday (with Words)

“In six days God made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day God rested, and was refreshed”  Here the word refreshed, vaiynafesh, literally means, and God exhaled.  

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The creation of the world was like the life-quickening inhale; the Sabbath is the exhale.  Thus, in a beginning, all creation moves with the rhythm of the inhale and the exhale.

Without the Sabbath exhale, the life-giving inhale is impossible.

–Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest


  1. Kortney,
    Consider also the Maori and Hawaiian method of greeting is to exchange breath–HA. and the Hawaiian word for a non-islander is Haole- literally meaning man without breath.

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