Yesterday was a history making moment. I have worked at Westminster for 12 years, and only once in that 12 year run was worship canceled on a Sunday. But, yesterday with the flash freeze on the roads and the following snow, we decided to take a breather and cancel church for the day.
It was glorious.
For starters, as a well known procrastinator, it should surprise no one to discover that when Jim called me Saturday evening I was only about half way through the sermon. It’s a good one! I’m excited to preach it some day! But I was being lazy, and this was the actual work life equivalent of a snow day coming right before a big test you haven’t studied for. I immediately closed the laptop, and spent the night with my family.
That in and of itself was the big benefit of a day off on Sunday. If you’ve been reading through the J-Blog, you know that we’ve been through the ringer a bit lately in the Fetterman-Freyer household. We’ve had stomach bugs. We’ve have sinus infections. We’ve had ER trips. We’ve had pneumonia. It’s been rough. To have a weekend off in the middle of the upswing, in the midst of some actual physical recovery, was a grace and a blessing that I can’t describe. We hung out inside basically all weekend and played. This is not something I have enough time for during the normal week.
Now, I work for the church, so obviously I think church is important. There is something beautiful about bringing all the prayers, joys, concerns, and graces that we experience between Sundays together for an hour to enjoy God’s great love in Christ. It’s something I look forward to every single week, including the weeks I’m off and on vacation. But there was some redeeming stuff going on in taking a moment to focus on my family, to work on recovery, to have one of those things, you know, a /sabbath./
So my prayer for us this week would be that we could put our energies in to what matters most. If you need some time with your family, take some. If you need some time to recover from illness, don’t push yourself too hard. It turns out that work will be waiting for you on the other side of recovery, I promise.
Happy Monday friends!