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Day Off

April 3, 2020

“He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4

Greetings from the Coronazone! I’m writing this a bit later in the day because it’s my day off. I stayed up late catching up with friends from college via Zoom (what a hoot!) and managed to sort of sleep in. Then, coffee and devotions on the back deck. Thank you for a beautiful day, Lord!

It strikes me, however, that there’s not really such a thing as a day off when you’re living in quarantine. How does one separate work from home when one works at home?  When one can’t leave home? Certainly I’m not the first person to have to figure this out. People have been working from home for a long time. Pastors have a bad habit of working non-stop, of being always on, and this is true for me.

But this is different. COVID-19, after all, isn’t taking any time off. It’s hard to not think about it, to be anxious, to respond by over-functioning. Our reality is so different right now. Yesterday I spent a fair amount of time writing an email to Grace about what our worship life would look like during Holy Week and Easter. Honestly, I’m really excited about the plans we have. I know we will be together, even while we’re apart. And Easter is still Easter. Christ is still risen. But darn it if I didn’t actually weep while writing it.

My email is always open as I try to manage a way through this crisis. I’m grateful for the many at Grace who are working to make ministry happen. I need to remember, however, that our work will only get us so far. I simply cannot control everything. And that’s okay.

Today I am mindful that God is even more active than that which afflicts us. The Lord does not slumber or sleep. The Lord will guard and guide us. In this peace and promise, we can find rest.

So, I guess I should get back to my day off. I have a few things to do, but I promise not to work too hard today. And I can focus a bit more on helping with e-learning. The picture in this post is from this morning, when Greta asked me for help with her math. I explained it incorrectly, and in correcting me, she realized she knew what she was doing. I’m still not sure I understand, but I don’t have to pass fifth-grade math any time soon. Thank God for small blessings.

Remember to rest. Know that God continues to work.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Living God, thank you for being a continuous Creator. You are always at work. Give me eyes of faith that see you working in my life and throughout the world. Open my heart to do the work to which you call me, but also to find rest in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

From → COVID-19

4 Comments
  1. Marilyn Heimburger permalink

    I’m relieved to hear you’re taking a “sort of” day off, because I’ve been concerned about who is pastor-ing you during this isolation;  this coming so soon after losing your pastoral partners to Texas. Know that we are praying for you. And thank you for your faithfulness from your Coronazone. Marilyn

  2. Karen ODonnell permalink

    Dear Pastor Dave,

    This is Karen O’Donnell. I don’t know if you will remember me but I was a member of St. Peter’s until we moved to Florida. I just wanted to let you know that I have been following your posts and these Covid-19’s have and are helping me get through this trying time. So I just wanted to say “Thank You”. Hope you and yours stay well and happy.

    Yours in Christ, Karen

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Hi Karen. So good to hear from you! I remember you well, and wish you all the best during these trying days. May God grant you peace and health.

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