It is a blessing to be a part of a church that offers a time of sabbatical to ministers. I am so thankful for a time of reading, rest, and renewal over the past few weeks. From traveling around the world to re-connecting with some friends in ministry, I was reminded of the way we all work together in our own ways and places to share God’s love with others.
In Morocco, I met students who lead their churches and serve migrant populations in their cities. In London and Scotland, I sat and prayed in churches that have been home to congregations for hundreds of years. I was blessed to worship with several different congregations who are serving God in their own unique ways. A common scripture passage throughout my weeks of sabbatical was Psalm 84. I especially resonated with verses 1-4, reminding me of the joy of being in God’s presence and my calling to ministry:
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
Psalm 84:1-4 (NRSV)