No sermon today! If you read this space very often, you know that basically never happens on Sunday. Here’s the deal. As a fully ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, I get 31 days of vacation each year, with up to 4 Sundays included in those 31 days. The truth of the matter is that I never take all of my vacation days. (You can chastise me later!)
I historically take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. In fact, this is the 15th straight year of that practice. It’s a great week to take off- our sons are usually home/off school, the busy-ness of the Christmas season is passed and the week is relatively quiet at church.
This year, although I still didn’t take all of my vacation, I took more than I often do. There were more than a few Mondays that I simply couldn’t answer the bell after a chemo week and a full Sunday. But in the midst of all of that, counting today, I only missed 2 Sundays all year. Ironically, they were bookends- January and December. We went to Florida for a week in later January and then this week. That means that, after about 3 January Sundays in the pulpit and then one off, I went about 47 straight weeks of preaching every Sunday before today.
I’m going to be honest- that surprises me. Mostly, it surprises me because the chemo takes so much out of me that, had you asked me at the start of the year, I would have said that there would probably be a Sunday or two throughout the year where I simply couldn’t answer the bell. And yet, with God’s help, I managed to answer it every week.
Everybody has their “natural habitat”. Doctors do what they do in exam rooms and hospitals. Nurses do what they do in ER’s and hospital rooms. Teachers do what they do in the classroom. And preachers do what they do in the sanctuary. It is, in large part, my natural habitat.
And so, as I write this, I feel “at odds”. On the one hand, this has been a great week of just hanging with my family- no church, no office hours, no worship service. On the other hand, it is very…weird…to be sitting here Saturday evening with no sermon!
I pray for those who ARE leading worship today at the church we currently serve. We have a GREAT staff in place and the woman who is filling the pulpit for me has a powerful story to tell. God will be at work…and I won’t be!
We continue to focus on the glass being half-full. We continue to embrace each day with grateful thanksgiving. #TheGlovedAvenger #TeamHarris #WarriorOn! #Huzzah! We greatly appreciate your prayers, love and support. Check back regularly or simply subscribe to receive an email every time there is a new post. Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day. Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!