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Monday Blues

The days of the week in the Western world have pagan origins. Take Monday for instance, it really stems from Moonday. But it also has different connections. In the past, children spoke of Black Monday, for on that Easter Monday they used start back to school. There was also a rhyme that was chanted in my younger days. It associated different characteristics of a child dependant on which day he/she was born, e.g. “Monday’s child is fair of face.” 

Until recently, Monday was our national washing day. Most housewives would do the weekly wash always on a Monday. Then there was Plough Monday, which was an old ploughmans’ festival. This was kept the day after the twelfth day of Christmas when work resumed. In Scotland, there was Meal Monday, which was the second Monday in February. In the past, at Edinburgh University, it was a holiday to allow students to go home and replenish their stock of meal.

But this week the result of a study was published, which has discovered that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day in the yearly calendar. Now that may be true for the worldling, but really the Christian should not be affected after meeting with God and His people the day before. The Sabbath should prepare us for the week ahead, and especially for the Monday.