In my home and church county, the stay at home order has been extended by our governor through June 4th. As we approach that time, I'm working on projects I've been putting off even though I ought to have already had the time. Of course, one of those projects is spring cleaning and organizing. Anybody need a half broken juicer, an empty fish tank and a used drum case?
We find it natural, if a bit tiring, to do so with our belongings. But what about our time? As we approach the time that things will get back to "normal", I'd encourage us to take special care about what we stuff back into our schedule, and to find those things that had been squeezed out of it previously and put them into our schedule first.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, "In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness." Much of the Bible, too, is about sorting through our lives and weeding out what is unnecessary while wholly embracing those deep necessities of spirit that the world often deems unimportant. Let's take care to do so at home while we're stuck there and with our time and attention as the world opens up to us.
Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.
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