It’s a strange place to be: at home in the manse surrounded by the normal things of ministry, not sick, not on holiday but not working.
I’m beginning a Sabbatical, not unique among Methodist ministers but still rare enough that people get confused about it and wonder if I’ve been send to the subs’ bench or the naughty step.
Others of course smile broadly and declare: “Three months holiday, eh! It’s all right for some.”
Well, there’s some rest time, of course. There is also some work-related activity and we are encouraged to do something that stretches us spiritually. Sabbaticals are a gift from the Church to refresh and reinvigorate our ministries.
I’ll be working on my hymn-writing and we’ll make a couple of trips including one overseas visit that I’m really excited about, but mostly it’s about being quiet and trying to hear God.
That’s all change from the frenetic pressure of a diary and a helpful one too.