Friday, August 1, 2014

Lessons from Rest: Intro

Sunset at Snug Harbor, San Juan Island
I have just returned to work from a 10-week Sabbatical. It was the best thing for me, and difficult. It was idyllic, and challenging. It was restful, and yet that rest was hard to enter. It was peaceful and playful, and yet I found myself doing battle almost daily to enjoy the peace and the play.

One of the most important things for me coming back out of this time of sabbatical is to remember the lessons I learned during that time and to implement them, lest I fall into that category of those who are doomed to repeat their history because they have forgotten it.

Most, if not all of what I experienced during those 10 weeks was deeply personal. And yet I am willing to share some of what I learned with you. And of course, as I write, it helps me immensely to cement my thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned.

What will follow over the coming weeks (or more) are a series of blogs that reflect things I've learned during this time. You're invited to journey with me. I don't know how many I will write, and I'm sure there will be overlap in what I write, but nevertheless I press on. Join me if you will! And if you're one of those who attend and support the church I work for, thank you. Thank you for the time away. I will cherish the memories and experiences of that time forever.

For those who are interested in what I read during this time, I have recently updated the "What I'm Reading" list and you can find them there, including a "fun reading" book or two.

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