Today is the second day of a two week vacation!
I’m still getting used to what vacation means as a pastor. Many of the people I consider friends are a part of the church I serve, and they like to talk about what’s going on there. As it turns out, that’s bad for me. I really need some time when I’m not thinking about what’s happening at the church, taking care of people, planning or trying to resolve problems.
This year is different for two reasons too. Debra Johnston, our church intern, is covering for me this year. That’s great! I know that people will be cared for if something happens. The other thing that’s different is that we’re planning an intergenerational mission trip to Mississippi to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. There are two big fundraisers while I’m gone. It will be strange to miss them. Also, I am usually a big part of our publicity planning so this is an exercise in letting go.
In the Bible, even the land gets every seventh year off so I know that I’m supposed to have time away. It’s just that because I still care about people and want the best for our church, it can be hard to let go, relax, and focus on my family.
I’ll have to let you know how it goes!