There should be a family day of rest
Dear Sir, — Attending St Mary’s Church on 16th February, the second Sunday before Lent, one of the readings, Genesis 1.1 to 2.3, relating to the Sermon on the Mount, ended with: “Thus the heavens and earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done from all the work and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation”.
Whether your belief says the Sabbath is a Saturday and the church emphasises that it is a Sunday, there was a day stipulated as being a day of rest.
This reminded me of my firm belief that there should be a day of rest, a family day.
Christian countries, in general, are “closed on Sundays” especially supermarkets. This includes, for example, Poland, Spain, Belgium, most states in Germany, France (open on Sunday mornings since 2016) and Italy by the end of the year.
Sunday is the day of rest and, considering that supermarkets are open from early morning until late at night, every day and you can order online to be delivered to your home, should we be looking forward to a family day when we can all relax in this hectic world? Surely there is plenty of time to do your shopping during the week and on Saturdays?
I can remember half day closing in Sandbach on Tuesday afternoons and shops closing at noon on a Saturday. Obviously this did not apply to corner shops, restaurants and cafes and in addition, there were no late openings of supermarkets.
In Spain, supermarkets close mid-afternoon on Saturdays and do not open until “normal time” on a Monday. Sundays in particular, are considered important quality family time and usually involves the whole of the family, not just immediate family, including aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces and grandparents, gathering to enjoy valuable family time together. Quite frankly, it was a joy to experience — families together enjoying family time — not hectic and very calm.
In the UK, through hectic lives, we appear to be losing “family” time, which I really do believe is important and I suspect is the cause of the breakdown of family life, causing many social problems.
In getting back to Sunday closing and adopting the European principle of “working to live” and not “living to work”, I believe our society would be much happier for it. Opening Sundays only puts business and “profits” first and not people.
Tongue in cheek, this should appeal to all of the UK who voted to remain in the EU, especially as Spain is closed on a Sunday, a family day. — Yours faithfully,