Saturday, January 1, 2011
OK, I confess, I'm excited!
I'm back to work after a three month Sabbatical and I'm raring to go..
And I'm so grateful that I start back on a bank holiday as this gives me the whole day to enjoy the knowledge of being back in harness, without having to act on it!
To be honest, I have greatly missed the people I would normally have been ministering to. They have been present in my prayers and as an ache in my arms where the hugs would have been. I have missed the worship we would have shared - especially the grace that flows in communion and the joy of celebration. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again. But I have benefited so much from this gift of time.
Time to heal and rest, yes.. there is no doubt that I am fitter than I was before the Sabbatical started when I could barely breathe: but more importantly I have had time to simply be.
I have been able to enjoy the luxury of 'me time' with you God instead of feeling constantly harassed by the Church's calendar and its mad liturgical race through the seasons. This is the first time in 12 years that my Christmas has not been interrupted by planning meetings for Easter worship.. when I have not been either writing liturgical notes or Bible Notes for Easter or Lent whilst trying to live in Advent!
Of course.. I have all that to come.. but that's next weeks work, and sufficient to the day...
So here I am ready and willing to live in the here and now - and enjoy the fact that it is a bank holiday today!
Tomorrow's another thing entirely - its a Sunday - a day of rest!