Sabbatical Days 51-73: Reflecting on what has been…Peace for what will be

Sabbatical Days 51-73: Reflecting on what has been…Peace for what will be

The days of my sabbatical are now going by very quickly. Leah and I returned from a 3 week trip to Kenya last week, and before we could even catch our breath (or catch up on sleep), we were off to Oregon to attend a wedding. As of Monday, we are back at home, and welcoming … Continue reading

Sabbatical Days 39-50: Toward Kenya, at a Slower Pace

Sabbatical Days 39-50: Toward Kenya, at a Slower Pace

The past several days Leah and I have been looking toward Kenya. Yesterday (Wednesday) we arrived safely, and we are now enjoying an intentionally designed space in our schedule to unwind, to slow down, and to dance with our old friend, Jetlag. Preparing for a trip to Kenya is exciting, and quite typically exhausting. By the … Continue reading

Sabbatical Days 32-38: Seeing the Old as New

Sabbatical Days 32-38: Seeing the Old as New

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. ~T.S. Eliot~ [This post was initially written on June 6, 2014, and I have subsequently edited it over the past couple of weeks.] I have spent the … Continue reading

Sabbatical Days 22-31: Reviewing the First Month, Looking to the Second Month

Sabbatical Days 22-31: Reviewing the First Month, Looking to the Second Month

The end of May marked my first full month of sabbatical. Three months remain, and I am looking forward, with deep trust and confidence, that God is at work in me. I intentionally designed the first month of sabbatical to be a time focused on re-learning to “live presently.” I had felt, going into the … Continue reading

Sabbatical Reflection: “For want of rest…”

Sabbatical Reflection: “For want of rest…”

In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest. All of life requires a rhythm of rest…waking and sleep…day into night, night into morning…growth of the spring, and dormancy of the winter…the deep, eternal conversation between the land and the sea in the tidal rhythm…the rest of the … Continue reading