While I was fast asleep- before I was even born- all the important things were set in motion. When I dash into the workday, I walk into a world in which God has been at work, an operation that is half over already… Grace is primary. We wake into a world we did not make, into a salvation we did not earn. Evening: God begins, without our help, his creative day. Morning: God calls us to enjoy and share and develop the work he initiated. Creation and covenant are sheer grace and there to greet us every morning.
Eugene Peterson on why the Sabbath begins at sundown, not in the morning. In “The Good-for-Nothing Sabbath” (1994)
Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time. Unlike the space-minded man to whom time is unvaried, iterative, homogeneous, to whom all hours are alike, qualitiless, empty shells, the Bible senses the diversified character of time. There are no two hours alike. Every hour is unique and the only one given at the moment, exclusive and endlessly precious.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man (via invisibleforeigner)