Monday, October 09, 2006

My New Mantra

Happy Columbus Day! Today Pastor Mark flies off for some exotic European cruise, so I am the 'Pastor in Charge' (aka 'Iron Pastor'). It seems that as soon as Mark leaves town, I get a call from the funeral home to do a service. And yes... it has already happened! I have a funeral scheduled for Saturday after having no funerals since August. I told the funeral director not to call again for at least 3 weeks. Not only is Mark gone, but my Ordination Exam is in less than 2 weeks! Of course the funeral director laughed... I guess it just doesn't work that way!

This brings me to my new mantra. After six years in ministry, I think I finally understand what it means to say that ministry is a marathon, not a sprint. For the past several years I have 'sprinted' from one occasion to the next, thinking that as soon as I 'got through' Christmas or Easter or the Mission Trip or whatever I would be able to rest, regroup, relax. But I have found that the time of rest never comes... there is always something else, one more thing to do, another occasion just around the corner. I have to learn to pace myself and appreciate the joys as they happen. If I don't do that, I will miss a lot of life along the way!

So with that perspective in mind, Gary and I enjoyed a lazy morning, nice breakfast and a walk with Nicky out in the crisp fall air. Although it is Columbus Day we both still have to work. Gary works at the library from 12-8 and I have to get ready for an evening Ad Board meeting (considering I am the 'Iron Pastor', at least for the next 2 1/2 weeks). Yet, having to work on the holiday is made more bearable by enjoying some quiet time in the morning.

My Aunt Diana asked now Nicky is doing since his trip to the vet. Unfortunately he has to make another trip... the 'problem' has returned, which is not unusual. Aunt Diana's little sheltie Bissy has been through quite an ordeal herself. I am glad to hear she is better!

Enjoy this beautiful New England Day (and if you're not in New England, I hope it is beautiful wherever you are) and may God bless all creatures, great and small!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Comfort Food

Fall is the time to indulge in some comfort food. It seems that fall officially arrived here today. The air was crisp and the changing leaves were noticeable to me for the first time. Also, a sure sign of fall is that the outside air is warmer than the inside air at church! I had to go outside to warm up today. When I was actually in my office I sat with a throw around my shoulders. Brrrrr....

Another sure sign of fall is the head cold. I have avoided it so far, but half our church staff was out sick today. Since it was so cold and lonely at church, I left early and came home to indulge in some comfort food. Oatmeal cookies, baked beans and toast hit the spot perfectly. I've warmed up, watched some trashy TV (Desperate Housewives - dare I admit it!), and am ready to work on my sermon!

The Scripture is:

"But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert;and pray for you do not know when the time will come." Mark 13:32-33

I wonder what the message is here...... Hmmmm....... I sure hope he doesn't return while I am watching Desperate Housewives!

Be blessed and enjoy some comfort food - whatever that is for you - today!