I’ve given this some thought in the last weeks of the Sabbatical, and into this first week back. Do I put down the journal? After all, the Sabbatical is over, and won’t I be too busy being with the people of Cedar Park to be writing to/with/for them?
What I realize is that 97 days is long enough to form a habit, and this habit has been good for my soul. As an introvert who needs to write to figure out sometimes what I’m really thinking or feeling, this journal has helped me to see myself in the world in more attentive ways. It has helped me to create a reflective/communicative space where I can connect with you, the people with whom I serve God in the world. Those are gifts and graces from this sabbatical time that would be too good to give up now.
So the answer, is yes… the journal will continue (not daily, most likely bi-weekly), and for the coming weeks, be something like a “Beyond the Sabbatical: Journal/Musings on the Return.” I’ll be taking some time in the coming two weeks to reconfigure this blog space so that the periodic musings will be the first thing you see when you come to this site. I hope in this way to continue a community conversation around this life of faith, pondering, wonder and wholehearted connection to one another, God and this world.