Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
I took an unintended sabbatical from my phone this week. It died last Friday. It's replacement just arrived. And although it has caused some minor work inconveniences and delays, it has actually been a nice respite, especially since I've been sick off and on over the holidays.
Oftentimes, cold and flu can occur because we have run too hard or too much or not had time to rest, and then we are forced to do so, conveniently timed or not. A break from the world, from social interaction, social media, school, or work can be good, a welcome sabbath. And when we return, we can be refreshed and renewed. We can spend time in rest and silence to hear new voices and become all the more appreciative of time with people and our tools for communication.
I'm glad to be back communicating with the world and all the more thankful for the gift it gives me to teach, and to reach people. I hope to see you Sunday. I hope you'll have some sabbath time this weekend. And I hope you'll spend some time with your family of faith and in silence and stillness.