Yesterday was a very unusual day that had a much-needed finish. As for my musings …
-As I sit here typing I don’t know when I will be able to post this on my blog. I am sitting in the proverbial “little cabin the woods”. (For those who knew me during my youth pastor years “little cabin in the woods” has a whole different meaning, doesn’t it?) This cabin does not have an internet connection and only occasionally is there cell service. I am going to type my musings anyway and I will post them whenever I get the opportunity. It may be Monday sometime, it may be Tuesday and it may not be until Wednesday.
-Sitting in this cabin is the much-needed finish to Sunday that I referred to in the opening line. My wife and I arrived at this cabin late Sunday afternoon. We are simply getting away for a couple of days of rest, refreshing and time together.
-Sunday was unusual because I did not preach at either my 9:00 nor my 10:30 church. Instead I preached at a church where I serve with a wonderful campus pastor. I mentor, advise and lead from a short distance away and the campus pastor is the feet on the ground person. I am much more in tune, aware and involved than it would appear to most people. This however, was the first time that I have been able to preach on a Sunday morning with them. It was an enlightening and fun day for me and my wife.
-It felt very odd to get up and prepare for a Sunday and then not be at either of my other churches.
-Our van was loaded and we were all packed for our brief getaway when we headed out for church. When we finished, and said our goodbyes to everyone we headed toward this cabin. We had never been here before and were taking a chance from what we could discover online. This place is exactly what we were hoping for and what we needed.
-Preaching anywhere other than your regular place(s) is always a bit unnerving. But the people were receptive and responsive and made us feel welcomed and at home.
-Preaching in a different place has some pitfalls and I almost fell in one. I don’t stand still while I preach and being on an unfamiliar platform almost resulted in a big tumble. As I moved around I forgot that I was on unfamiliar footing and two times nearly went flying. I think I covered it well, at least that is what I am telling myself.
-I love that I can be gone on a Sunday morning and not worry about things at home. I have a wonderful Assistant Pastor and some great people who just move right ahead and minister without a hitch.
-I have some much respect for the hard-working people of my church who stepped up and ministered so well in serving a fabulous funeral dinner last week for the 3rd time in 5 weeks. Let’s hope we don’t have to do this again for a while.
-I am very excited about the plans being made for Easter Sunday. I am especially burdened for all the services around Easter this year. I am always burdened for Easter Sunday, but this year I sense that God wants to do something we haven’t seen in a long time if we will get ourselves ready. I am already praying fervently for Easter.
Here’s hoping that you will find sometime and some way to be refreshed this week.