Been catching up on some journaling this am. It strikes me that this month has been like drinking out of a fire hose. Events coming at me, fast and furious…
— The Judge starting her law school teaching
— Mary Clair’s resignation
— George and Jack’s wedding
— Maria getting her license
— Our niece coming to live with us (hadn’t mentioned that one, had I?)
— The election
— Charles D’s death and memorial service
— Connections show
— The Divine Miss M getting ready for cheer tryouts
— Dennise’s Mom continuing to decline in health
It’s just been non-stop. Any one of these could make for a busy month. They all happened in the past month.
Saturday, The Divine Miss M, me, and another youth from our church, will be heading to Guatemala for a Spring Break mission. I am really happy to be headed back there for the first time in….well, way too long…
I am very happy that two of our high school kids are going with us.
Mission has always been a part of what renews my passion for ministry. But the realities of sitting in the “senior pastor chair” are way different than the realities of the “mission pastor chair” where I used to sit years ago. It used to be my whole job to do mission, and there were years when I spent perhaps a quarter of the weeks out of country.
Now, it’s just a part of the whole…and it’s often much tougher to me, personally, to get away. Much easier to get caught up in the non-stop fire hose.
I pray for a week of deep connection with Joanna Dwyer, the ODIM Mission we sponsor there, and the people of Guatemala, my daughter and G H-M,…and, hopefully, for the chance to re-set my own clock a little bit.
Dear God: Time change Sunday is this Sunday. Change my own view of time, reset my clock, and let me find a normal pace again….