Amish Man Under Investigation For Resting Too Much On The Sabbath
Samuel Zook is a good Amish man. Well, he tries to be. For the most part, even his friends would agree that he keeps to the lifestyle as well as anyone they know. But he is currently in trouble for violating one of the most sacred traditions of the sect.
Zook is in conflict with the elders of his community for the way he keeps the Sabbath. "Oh, he keeps the sabbath... he keeps it too well," declares Amos Miller, a leader in the community. "Samuel can sleep all day on the last day of the week. Now we do believe that this day is a day dedicated to rest. One is not to do any work on the sabbath. But Samuel seems to be an overachiever. And we are going to find out why."
Samuel says that he was recently served with papers to appear at the next council of the elders. "The charge is, 'Over-resting on the Sabbath,'" says Zook. "There is apparently some question about the 'why' and the 'how' of my ability to rest so easily for so long on the seventh day. I don't understand the whole thing. I just like my sleep. I work hard during the week. So I don't know why I can't rest as hard as I work. I can't help it if I sleep for most of the day. It's not like I can watch TV, play video games, or get on Facebook."
Miller says it isn't natural. "We want to know 'why' Zook is doing this. Is he trying to prove that he is better at keeping the sabbath than anyone else? I'm 63 year-old. Honestly, because of my work ethic, it is not easy for me to spend a day resting. But I do it. Is Samuel trying to show the rest of us that he has a special gift we don't have... the ability to sleep all day? And then there is the 'how' of his excessive sabbathing. Is he overdosing on Benadryl? Others have tried that. But we have strict rules against the use of performance enhancing drugs. Is he working hard to rest so well on Saturday? That would be a problem, as there is to be no work done on this special day. So there are obviously a lot of questions to be answered."
Samuel can't explain why sleep comes so easily for him but wonder if it is, "Because I am a millennial?" He will have his chance to explain next Sunday. It will be a long day. So he'd better get some good sleep the night before.