Shabbat is a beautiful sanctuary of time.
As exhausting as its preparation can be, I do always look forward to Shabbat. To that time of rest. Not rest in the sense of doing nothing. But rest in the sense of the hustle and bustle of life. No working. No phone. No computer. In the affirmative...freedom from those things that distract your time from your self, your family and your G-d.
I cannot find my copy of "The Sabbath" by Abraham Joshua Heschel. So instead, I will quote from his book called "I Asked for Wonder."
Seed of Eternity
Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our sould belongs to Someone Else.
To set apart one day a week for freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction,a day for being with ourselves, a day of detatchment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshipimg the idols of technical civilization, a day of armistice in the economic struggle with our fellow men and the forces of nature--is there any institution that holds out greater home for man's progress than the Sabbath?
The seventh day is the exodus from tension, the liberation of man from his own muddiness, the installation of man as a sovereign in the world of time.
Island of Stillness
In the tempestuous ocean of time and toil, there are islands of stillness where man may enter a harbor and reclaim his dignity.