In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, we read that Jesus invited the disciples to come away to rest. I’ll comment more on that text in another post, but first I want to tell you about the “rest” and joy I’ve experienced over the past few weeks.
First, I attended a conference sponsored by my denomination called CREDO, which is intentionally designed to offer clergy both rest and life-reflection to promote wellness and well-being. It was all they said it would be and more! Then, Caitlin and I went on a three-day trip to the stunning mountains of North Carolina where we enjoyed terrific meals, hiking, and lots of time together. And just last week, we went on a family vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia, which concluded with my mother’s wedding and a big family celebration.
I can’t say it was all rest; there was often little rest! But it was restful and joyful, and I am grateful. And… that is why there has been no posting the last three weeks! I did preach once in that long interlude, and I’ll post that sermon soon. I hope you too have a chance for joy and rest this summer!