>Why do I often feel like this? … Especially when I am reading texts that exhort me to “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” It is one of the reasons I have not blogged in a while – that heavy feeling of being overwhelmed and the accompanying guilt for feeling that way and placing things on my shoulders that really don’t’ belong there.

Cruciform living reminds me to take all the extra baggage off every morning and place it at the foot of the cross. In my case, it is easier to preach it then do it, but I am still a work in progress. Pray for me and for others like me. (I have a sneaking suspicion that others walk around with a little extra weight on their backs also.)

There are a few reasons that I am coming up for blogsphere air and typing a few lines. Charge Conference is completed – a rather gynormous one that included a lot of special agenda items like purchasing property, acquiring a loan, and building a first phase ministry facility. All of those things are still in the works, so the practice of “dropping weight” remains a challenge, but I am thankful that this one milestone is now behind me and the other good folks God has blessed me to serve with at Reconciliation Church.

I have decided one thing though, in part because of a paper I read by a Duke Divinity student this week. I am going to stop telling people “it’s been busy” every time I am asked “How are you doing these days?” I am convinced it says little about my life and serves more as a self-fulfilling prophecy than anything else. Not sure yet what I want to say in its place, but I think I can find something witty and maybe more faithful to the Sabbath-keeping practices that seem so elusive to me. Maybe I’ll just say, like Tony the Tiger in the old frosted flakes commercials, – “therrrrrrreeee GREAT!” – then I’ll head to my son’s basketball game or one of my daughters’ cross country meets.