In Hebrew scriptures, we learn that the sabbath was a time of rest, waiting for God in meditation and prayers, and restoration of right relationship with God, creation, and one another. Throughout Christian history, our forebears turned to Scripture, various forms of individual and communal prayer, and fasting to listen for God’s leading and to cease from fear and rancor. In the beginning of our sacred scriptures we read that God establishes the earth and all creation and that it is good. And in the closing book of Revelation we hear again a vision of restored creation where a river flows from the throne of God and the leaves from the tree of life planted by the river are for the healing of the nations (Rev. 22:1-2).