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Below this is the full text of Pastor John's article
You know how this feels right?
About that time when you think you have things figured out, you have a routine, and you just "know" that you can handle whatever it is that is coming your way.
What happens next?
Of course that's the time when everything changes.I'm writing this about the time that I'm also packing to go on vacation for a week. Emily and I are taking some time to go camping, and it'll be nice to spend time outdoors. I hadn't realized, though, how much I would have to get done before we go. This isn't me asking for any sort of pity or anything like that, but its a recognition of what we all go through when we change.
Because things look so different from the way that they did when I was last gone, it is taking longer to get ready. In addition, we're sending out an new home based/virtual Sunday School program for our kids. All of these are good things, but they aren't what we're used to. When things are different, they take us a while before we get a feel for how it all goes together.
I'm saying all of this, because right now I think we're all feeling a little bit of this. Nothing is completely where we think it should be, and it feels off. Its why August felt like it was such a long month.
This Newsletter is coming out on Labor Day, so I want you to do something. I want you to take some time, either today, or this week, to rest. When you can find it, let yourself find a settling place in the middle of all the craziness.
If you need it, and we all probably do, do some Centering Prayer, or join us on our Facebook Page on Tuesday's at 4pm. The point isn't to take a nap (although that helps) but to find a stable place in the midst of all the craziness that is going on.
In the creation story in Genesis 1, we're told that God rested on the seventh day (Sabbath Day). For us, that's the example that we need, so that we can know its okay to stop and find that stable place again.
Take some time this week to do that, and know that the rest of the world will still be out here, it will still be crazy, (and you probably will be too), but we'll be better able to handle it.
I'll see you back in church once I find my way out of a tent and a state park.