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    Posted August 31, 2014 by
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    When I was growing up, Sundays were a day to attend church, spend time with family, relax and reflect on our lives. We dressed up in our fancy clothes with lace and frills and decorated hats. Most businesses were closed so shopping was out of the question. Families expected to spend Sundays together. Teens were not allowed to run off to the mall and children were not allowed to play video games. Our parents or grandparents prepared huge sit-down meals and the entire family shared Sunday dinner together. We talked and shared our feelings with our family and invited friends to join us at the dinner table. Younger couples looked forward to eventually hosting their own Sunday dinners and families would say grace and thank God for their blessings. After dinner, we'd relax. Sometimes we'd watch home movies with popcorn, take a walk down the beach or read a book. We enjoyed Sundays and woke up Monday morning refreshed and looking forward to the week ahead. What happened to Sundays?

    Today, in our fast paced world, the Sundays I grew up with have almost become extinct. Adults use Sundays to catch up on their heavy workload from the previous week. Students catch up on their homework and kids catch up with their video games and text messages. Sometimes adults don't even have time to attend church or prepare a family meal. Many adults are so stressed they encourage their kids to take off to the mall or visit a friend. We all need a break from stress, but instead of looking forward to Sundays as a day of rest, we use Sundays to create more stress.

    We are only human, but we need a break from the every day chores of life in order to appreciate our every day life. When was the last time your entire family got together for dinner? If you are faithful, when was the last time you attended church with your entire family or simply said grace before a meal? When did you do a good deed for another person anonymously or without expecting something in return? We all need Sundays as a day of rest in order to recharge our batteries. We need to attend church or at least take time to reflect on our own lives. We need peace. Next Sunday make a point to spend time with your family and friends. Love them, appreciate them, and respect their differences. Share a meal, give support to a family member in need and share the joys of a family blessing. Stop criticizing others. If you are unhappy with your life, don't blame someone else for your shortcomings. Look within. Make dreams and strive to reach them. Life is too short to lose Sundays. Keep Sundays as a day to share, reflect, relax and enjoy. Make Sundays special because Sundays are a special day.
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