Do You Keep the Sabbath?

I suspect there are thousands and maybe millions of religionists who would answer "Yes" to that question. Moslems would tell you that the 6th day of the week is the Sabbath; Christians claim it is the first day, or Sunday, while Jews, Yahwists, and some Christians lay hold on the 7th day as being the proper one.
Since I claim the Scriptures as my guide, I'm not going to get involved with which day it is. I have been observing the 7th day of the week (commonly called Saturday) for 36 years now, and am firmly convinced it is the right day.
But aside from which day it is, HOW do you observe it? Is it a special day to you, with a special meaning? How is it different from other days? Consider these Scriptures:
(Exo 20:9-10) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: {10} But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahweh thy El: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
(Isaiah 58:13-14 NRSV) If you refrain from trampling the Sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of Yahweh honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; (14) then you shall take delight in Yahweh, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;...
It is obviously not enough to just refrain from paid work; we must devote this holy day - this 24 hours - to Yahweh. He tells us to assemble on that day for worship; He tells us we are not to serve our own interests that day; He tells us not to pursue our own affairs on that honorable, holy day. He gives us six other days for our own use. FB

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