Well, this is my first sabbath post in a couple of weeks. I have kept all of sabbath days holy, even during vacation, whether I posted or not.
Except for last week. Preparing for fall programs at church, the special worship service on September 11, and accompanying August through his first week of school, it was simply not possible to take an entire sabbath day on Thursday. Instead, what I did was take all the time necessary to establish our new home routines that go with being parents of a kindergartner, and being present for him before and after school. Looking back, the entire week felt holy.
This week, and next week, will involve something of the same. Noelle is traveling, which means Thursday – Sunday each week will involve unusual routines with August. So, I am finishing my sermon today for Sunday, and using tomorrow to finish the adult education class for Sunday. After school each day August will accompany me on a pastoral visit and then we will have dinner together.
Praying today for a friend who has died, and for two memorial services today.