Where's the salt on Sunday?By Melodie Davis
One Sunday morning I found myself at Tysons Corner, an upscale shopping mall in northern Virginia. It
seemed an elaborate temple to the god of commerce. I felt out of place in the pricey stores and among the chic consumers. I’m told the nearby Tysons Galleria is even more upscale.
What was I doing at Tysons Corner on a Sunday morning? We were in the area and didn’t have a specific church to visit.
Window shopping that morning caused me to think about attendance at religious services, holy days and how we had raised our kids.
What if we had brought our kids up going to Tysons Corner on Sunday morning rather than going to church?
I think they would have been brought up with a very different set of values. They would have come to think they needed $50-80 jeans and $60 shirts, and expected their friends to be the same way. The Sunday morning shoppers at that mall were definitely not a Wal-Mart crowd.
One my first newspaper columns some 18 years ago was in support of the blue laws that were on the books in our state back then. Stores didn’t open on Sunday, except for groceries, pharmacies and a few other essential places. I soon lost that battle when our state repealed those laws. Over the years, more of us shop more often on Sunday.
But I’m glad many of the stores in our town still refrain from opening on Sunday morning, waiting until noon.
The important thing for parents to not lose sight of is: Families need to set aside one day of the week as different, as a day of worship and rest. It is one way to be different in a culture that eats away at our Christian values.
I thought of this differentness when I made some bread recently. Usually, my taste buds practically explode at the first taste of the savory goodness of warm, fresh-baked bread. But what a disappointment this bread was! I knew immediately I had forgotten the salt.
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