The Gift of Time

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." - Ecclesiastes 3:1

I don't like waiting for anything. I don't like waiting at the grocery store. I don't like waiting in traffic. I don't like waiting at the doctor's office - especially the doctor's office. There have been days (especially in the past month) when I catch myself impatient and anxious (and grumpy) because there's so much to be done and so little time to do it. It's in these moments I remind myself to chill out. Take a breath. Unwind my boxers. Stop being Mr. Grumpy-Pants to every member of my family, who is now avoiding eye contact with me or giving me the evil-eye. Over the last several weekends, I invited our congregation to take a deep breath before each sermon. I invited us to acknowledge our high-speed/ high-anxiety/ stressed-out state, and take time to Slow Down. Pump the Brakes. Be Present in the moment for the people around you. Be open to the work of God's Spirit all around you. So - as you read, I invite you to take a breath. (Yes, I am doing this, as well.) Thank God for this day. Ask God's help to slow down. Seek to be fully present for whatever you're doing / whoever you're with today. Then, before you sleep, ask yourself - How did I see God today? If you have an answer, you've paid attention. If you can't think of even one response, you can still thank God, but pray for God's help to slow down tomorrow. It's too easy to miss God's gifts when we're constantly on the run. It's too easy to overlook God's blessings when we race through our day. Let's take a breath and be open to the blessings of God this holy season. Pastor Caleb

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