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Dear friends,

In Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address he humbly wrote, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” Of course, you know that the world didn’t forget what was said there. In fact, his 269-word speech hangs in a museum in London as an example of one of the finest usages of the English Language.

I have been thinking over his phrase, “The world will little note.” You can come up with quite a list of important things the world little notes. History has a way of rescuing many of the little happenings that at the time are lost, but then are found. You and I serve a wonderful God who watches and sees the little things said and done, and He never forgets any of them. In fact, He promises to magnify them in His kingdom.

The Sabbath is one of those things the world little notes. If they note it all, they think you’re crazy for observing it. This attitude of the world can insidiously work away at us until we, perhaps, do not value the Sabbath as we should. Instead, let’s love and keep the Sabbath, as God is moved by that attitude. In Isaiah He mentioned two groups little noted by Israeli society—eunuchs and foreigners. “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, to them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.” Similarly, “The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord . . . everyone who keeps from profaning the Sabbath . . .. Even these I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer . . . For my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

Joining ourselves to God and keeping the Sabbath—the world takes little note, but God loves it! So let’s keep it up—and enjoy Him this day.