Spring is here and nature is popping! Every day we can see more green in the grass and more buds on the trees. The lilies have been up for a couple of weeks already, and I am ready to get the boat out for the season. I even started doing yard work last week.

Everyone is getting busier and you can feel the excitement as another Grand Lake summer kicks into gear.

But I realized something about myself today. I am so ready to jump into the busy-ness of the season, that I almost forgot to take time to readjust.

If I just get busy and fill my calendar with everything from mowing to boating, on top of my regular work schedule, I risk getting overwhelmed or burned-out.

Therefore, I have decided to take a day to re-set myself for the season. Here is my plan: I will pick a day (very soon) and put nothing on my schedule.

I will spend that day in calm peaceful meditation (maybe even in silence). I will use that time to reflect on the seasons that have passed, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and on the odd weather patterns of last winter.

I will spend time really appreciating how blessed I am to have family, friends, a great church family, and a great community.

I will reflect on what God has called me to do in this time and place, and what God may have in store for the future. What I am describing is something of a sabbath. The original meaning of Sabbath is similar to, “rest”.

I believe one of the reasons God commanded a Sabbath was so that we wouldn’t allow ourselves to get burned-out. Even if you take away the religious implications of Sabbath, you cannot ignore the value of un-plugging, or taking a sabbath.

Jesus was known to sneak away to Capernaum for rest and refreshment. Some scholars say Jesus moved his home (loosely speaking) to Capernaum from Nazareth (See: www.biblereadingarcheology.com/2018/03/22/why-did-jesus-move-to-capernaum/comment-page-1/) (See also Matthew 9:1)

I would allege to you that all of us need a time of re-adjustment and renewal as we change seasons, no matter what time of year it is. Before we get all breathless and busy, let’s take time to appreciate the details.

And while we are on the subject of Sabbath, try to make church attendance a regularly-scheduled event in your life. These one to two hours a week will do wonders for your stress level and will remind you of what is really important.

Please be careful, kind and considerate this year. Watch out for one another. Take time to pause and live in the now. Give thanks to God, and we’ll see you on the lake!

Blessings and Peace to You All,

Fr. David+

Rev. Dr. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at frdavid@standrewsgrove.org. St. Andrew's worship service is at 10 a.m., every Sunday, and broadcast on KWXC 88.9 FM at noon on Thursdays and at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.