Q. How is the sabbath to be sanctified?We were travelling home in the car on Saturday a little after this photograph of a messy but exultant Jemimah posing after winning 'Best and Fairest' on her hockey team was taken. I was explaining to her Daddy that Jemimah was unable to play with her team in the District Lightening Premiership - the major event of the hockey year - because it was being played on a Sunday.
A. The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God's worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.
Turning to Jemimah I commented that I didn't think hockey fitted into either the category of necessity or of mercy, bringing to her mind to the words of Question 60 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that I have quoted above.
"No," she replied, "It's the opposite." Hubby and I looked quizzically at one another. "The opposite?"
"Yep," she glibly replied. "Rule number one on the hockey field is 'Show no mercy!'
Glad I'm not playing against her team.