We all need rest and rest always produces life. It’s a natural law that applies to us humans as much as any other living thing. This is especially obvious during this time of year when we see dormant trees slowly waking up after a long period of “rest”. When we notice the first tulips and prairie crocuses pushing their way through the freshly thawed soil we’re reminded not only of the beauty of new life but also the bulbs and various seeds that were “resting” in the ground before they germinated. Our Winter rest is over and spring has burst on the scene calling all living things to display their wondrous and varied life. We humans are the same, and we can surmise from the Genesis narrative, so is God (who rested on the 7th day). We’re made to live in rhythms of work and relaxation.
With these rhythms in mind we want to let you know we’re sending Andy on a sabbatical. It’s not that he’s in a desperate need of it. Rather, this sabbatical is more proactive in nature. We want to give him time and space for extended rest, refreshment and rejuvenation. The intertwining of pastoral and personal life is a delicate mix and sabbaticals are a normal part of staying fresh in pastoral life. His sabbatical will be from April 30 – July 31.