Don't You Just Love a Serendipitous October?!

time in New England took me away 
to long rocky beaches 
you by the bay
we started a story 
whose end must now wait
-  Manilow -

You Guys!

There's two kinds of busy.

The kind that's frenetic, crazed, out of control.

And the kind that's pro-active, serendipitous, and restorative.

I've been there, done both.  But these days I'm pretty much embracing the healthier angle.  Cutting back on my online activity maybe 90% has been a necessary gift that's helped me be present with my own calendar, enjoy being in the moment right in front of me, and single-task to my heart's content.

The only thing missing is you!

So in the midst of exploring New England's nooks and crannies, focusing on these ministry leadership classes, and tending to a bunch of well-care visits, I'm happy to interrupt my blogging break to drop in to let you know you're on my heart.  And send a bit of golden October your way. 



Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return.  Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring.  They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.  You, too, must be patient.  Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.   Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged.  For look—the Judge is standing at the door!
James 5:7 - 9

I love the book of James.  The half-brother of Jesus talks straight to where we are right here, right now.  I'm on my 2nd read-through this month, soaking in his practical, pointed counsel on living a humble, servant-hearted Christian life.  Each phrase, each verse is savor-able and applicable.  Join me in a read-through, maybe using a fresh translation?


Grieving losses.  Candles in the windows.  Breakfast by the fire.  Wrapping up Christmas shopping.  Quietly singing multi-versed hymns with Mom.  Saying farewell to Florida-bound friends.  Figuring out holiday logistics.  Concocting soup recipes.  Bundling up for brisk walks on the beach.  

Welcoming a new associate pastor and his family.  Aiming for 10,000 steps each day.  Praying more faithfully.  Wondering what blogging in this next season might look like.  Pulling fluffy biscuits out of a hot oven.  Saying good-bye to flip-flops and hello to fuzzy socks.  Launching into a new ministry.  

Listening well.  Loving deeply.

What's in the works for you?


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