Greetings again bloggers!
As mentioned in the last post, I took some time off from the blog to work on writing some music. You would anticipate that coming back to the blog, I would have some new music to share with the masses.
Life, as it often does, took over. There were youth group kick offs, there were days with the family, there were wedding trips over the weekend, there were just piles and piles of stuff to get done. There was one night of jamming with my friends, but I played drums because sometimes that feeds my soul.
This is an interesting time of year for the humble church-worker. Fall is the official transition from the busy summer season to the busy school year season. Luckily for me the way the calendar fell we’ve been essentially introducing one new thing a week, so I’ve been able to ramp up into the full calendar. But along the way there is a natural re-working of the schedule. There is time to figure out what’s important, what isn’t, what needs to be done, and what will restore my soul.
This is why I’ve spent some pretty substantial time in this season working on my own spiritual disciplines. I think a lot of people assume that because I’m a pastor I have this like super regimented and disciplined approach to my prayer life and spiritual practices, that I never fall behind or get out of rhythm. I’ll let Danny handle that one:
No, it turns out that we like everyone else are human. Sometimes we fall in to really solid patterns and habits of prayer and reflection, and sometimes life gets the better of us. As a enneagram 9, I sometimes wake up in the morning and think “I don’t know that I’ve done any of my habits for the last three weeks.” Whoops.
The two big disciplines I’ve been diving back into the last two weeks have been the labyrinth at Westminster, where I can let my mind wander a little bit and try to clear out the cobwebs. The other I’ve stumbled upon is a book of artwork and prayer that is creatively called “Prayer.”
Each day has a tiny little prayer, and an image to contemplate along with it. I have absolutely loved this book, and the best news is that they have a second book coming out soon based around the Lord’s Prayer.
So I’ll keep working on getting in to a new rhythm, including regular blog posts. For now, what do you do to figure stuff out? What spiritual practices and disciplines are you using now?