The Sabbath is one of the profound blessings of our faith that I have always appreciated. In fact, I thought I had a rather complete grasp of all there was to know about the Sabbath. I knew it started at sundown Friday evening, that the seventh day was the biblical Sabbath, and that it was important to guard the edges of the Sabbath, etc. I rejoice that the Sabbath is much more than knowing the right day--although that, of course, is of key importance. Even more it is a day of royal fellowship with the Creator, in His palace in time.
Daughter of missionary parents, Dr. Jo Ann Davidson is also a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist. She recalls her mother saying to her, "the blessings of being a Seventh-day Adventist have surely seeped into your genes and chromosomes by now!" Formerly a home schooling mom and music instructor, Jo Ann now teaches in the Andrews University Theological Seminary–the first woman to teach in the Theology department.
She earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) in 2000. Articles she has written have appeared in the Adventist Review, Signs of the Times, Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, and Andrews University Seminary Studies, along with a column, "Let's Face It," in the journal Perspective Digest. She has also authored the books Jonah: The Inside Story (Review and Herald), Toward a Theology of Beauty: A Biblical Perspective (University Press of America), and Glimpses of Our God (Pacific Press). Jo Ann finds great fulfillment in her many roles as wife, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, teacher, musician, student and Seventh-day Adventist Christian.