About this poem, Leland Ryken states, “The unifying theme is the supreme value of Sunday as a gift from God. The variations are the specific ways in which Sunday is presented as the best day. The purpose of literature is to raise our awareness about life, and as we ponder each stanza with its metaphors, we come to see Sunday more clearly and value it more.” (Leland Ryken. The Soul in Paraphrase: The Treasury of Class Devotional Poems. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018), 108-110).
Yesterday, I was driving to work from the Urgent Care (trying to figure out some painful back/shoulder pain) and heard this comment from Kevin DeYoung from the podcast of Life, Books, and Everything:
“And not every sermon is going to be equally good, but over time it makes a difference. Just like none of us can look back and remember what did your mom feed you when you were younger. Well, maybe you remember a special birthday meal, but what happened was you were fed and you were nourished and you grew and you were strengthened and you may not remember very many specific meals, but over many years you were fed and you grew up,and that’s what we’re trying to do with faithfully preaching God’s Word week after week.”
This Sunday, may you be well fed and nourished by the Word of God and the people of God, and may you delight in the supreme value of Sunday and the gift from God that it is for you.