Sabbatical

So!  It turns out that one of the things that the labor movement was all about was that people need to take time off from work sometimes.  Also one of the things that the Bible is about.  And it just so happens that the season of my life is coinciding perfectly with the beginning of Advent – the time when we think about what it means to be waiting.

This week, I am on sabbatical.  I am not writing, I am not reading other people’s blogs, I am not keeping notes on my every theological insight.  I am simply going to “be here now” as Alan Watts suggested – or, as per the desert fathers via Lauren Winner at a retreat I attended this past Saturday:  Sleep when you are tired, eat when you are hungry.  I am attending to my day to day basics.

Obligated to follow up on every good idea I have?  No thank you.  There are just too many of them.

I expect that the world will keep on spinning without my voice this week.

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