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May 2

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

You missed me! I know you did!! 🙂  And you are  thinking, “Bill was gone?”  I didn’t post yesterday because Jo and I made our way to Ohio on Friday to visit Janna and Braden for the weekend. His game Friday evening was rained out, but he did play Saturday. We took Braden to his favorite place to eat Friday night (Roosters…one of my favorites also) and also ate out Saturday night. We visited Adventure Church in Delaware, OH on Sunday and then had lunch with some old friends (Mike and Trisha Laws. Mike donated a kidney to his then 15 year old son). Sunday night we went out to eat (again) with Janna, Braden, and her friend, Mike. I’m sensing a common theme here. Do you? In case you are having trouble, it begins with an “e” and ends with a “g” and has an “atin” in between.  Way. too. much. Typical 16 1/2 year old, Braden ate more when he got home.

I texted Janna and thanked her for letting us crash her weekend. We were tired (weary), stuffed, but contented.  Not necessarily in that order.

I needed to get away. I’m 70 y/o but my pace has not really slowed down. I love what I do, and due to the lack of retirement and SS, I cannot retire, even though Jo would like me to…or at least slow down. And I don’t want to retire. Toiling in small churches has its advantages and disadvantages. Plus, my lack of financial “smarts” has also come back to haunt me.  But I’m not complaining.

It was nice, though, to have a change of pace. We all need it. We all need those times to slow down. We all need those times we switch gears and do something totally different than normal. Even though it was a full weekend, it was a good one because our routine was changed.  Pastor Ryan, the youth pastor, preached while I was gone. I got to enjoy the worship at a church from the other side (no responsibility).

The psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God.” That is more than solitude and silence, although that can be part of it.  It also involves just being still, enjoying those moments of “A-a-a-a-h” with God. It is a time to step away and refresh the spirit with laughter and love from people who mean the most to you.

Find time to get away. Find time to refresh. Find time to do something totally different. You’ll be glad you did. So will your heart.