Sunday, February 1, 2009

Busy times

It’s been a hectic week! As the end of each month rolls around, we are busy working on the monthly newsletter along with the weekly bulletin along with the weekly Bible study and Sunday school and sermon preparation and visits to the hospitalized and homebound members of the congregation and all the other chores that pop up.

We’re now going on three weeks without a full day off. Come to think of it, that last one doesn’t really count, either – it was the day after Grandma Nellie’s funeral. Fortunately, we have been able to eke out an afternoon or evening here and there to run necessary errands and accomplish some things here at home. We just haven’t been able to get a complete ‘sleep in, catch up on chores and errands, and then relax’ day off.

In fact, we had scheduled two or three vacation days this week and watched them disappear from our calendar after a member of our congregation died. Instead of spending our days working here at home, we spent time with his family, preparing for and participating in the funeral.

That’s ministry for us. Knowing that the opportunity to be there for a family in sorrow is more important than us getting chores caught up at home. And I don’t think either of us would change that for anything. We have been called to full-time ministry and given an incredible opportunity to serve the Lord in this place!

Right now, as I type this entry, Ray is watching the Super Bowl. I need to get some things packed as tomorrow morning it will be time to head back to camp for a short retreat for all first call pastors in the synod.

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