My sabbatical has been wonderful but it’s time to get back into the fast lane of ministry –well, maybe not the fast lane. The middle or even the slow lane will do.
When I say I am on sabbatical I get blank stares from those who could never have the opportunity I have had this past year to review my life and get ready for what comes next. Guilty? No, I don’t feel guilty because a sabbatical is not an extended period of laziness. Instead, like a year of Sundays, it’s a time to let the land lay fallow so that new seeds can take root in rejuvinated soil. It’s a gift and I’ve accepted it from God with a grateful soul.
For the most part, my physical health has improved and my mental and emotional health are renewed, too. I’ve learned that I need communion in the Body of Christ to survive. I’ve learned that I still have the strength to lay some brick along the foundations of the Kingdom of God.
I’ve watched families pray and at play and thought again about the goodness of God who makes it all happen.
I’ve read the New testament with greater love and understanding, in particular the Resurection stories and the narratives of the birth of the first Christian Churches. I see that those churches have the same problems we have today. The seven deadly sins are still deadly to the Church and the
grace of God is still stronger than any sin.
So, I am ready to return to full-time ministry with the added joy of having an associate this time, a man graced by God with joy and energy.
I hope there are sabbaticals of refreshment in your life. If they are offered do take them.
Sabbatical: A long or short period of time like a vacation but characterized by these qualities: Ceasing from ordinary work; Resting in body and spirit; embracing things and people that make you happy; praying in your own spirit for as long as you want to; and most of all realizing that like grace, it’s all a gift from God.