The chances are that by the time you return to church, the subdivision adjacent to us will be almost built out.  The sounds of hammering, loud machinery, and even louder radios have filled the air for the past three weeks, making it hard to concentrate.  Granted, having the normality of one’s life upended has not helped with concentration.  Auto-pilot has been disconnected as the calendar is less uncertain every day about what will demand my attention.

The downtime has allowed me to tackle some projects that have been put “on hold,” and invest hours researching the type of equipment we need to bring in as live streaming our worship services will now be a permanent fixture for our days ahead.  I see it as more than just “busy work” to fill the hours of the day.  This whole idea of re-imagining church doesn’t come easy!

The one image that keeps popping up in my mind almost on a daily basis  is the story from the gospels when the Master leaves the home, entrusting its care into the hands of his servants.  When will the Master return?  Who knows?  The real question is how we, the servants, tended to the home while he was gone.  Wanting to be found faithful, I push through my thoughts of frustration and confusion, trusting that God will lead me on the right path for this time of ministry.  I must confess that there are some days when such thoughts seem to have the upper hand.

I guess what I am saying is that the work is hard!  Moving through uncharted waters, having to develop a new normal, wondering how to do this better, and working through scenarios to ensure that we are on top of things and are not left surprised.  I know I am not alone.  I am pretty sure that many of you are facing similar thoughts and feelings, maybe not as it relates to church work but your life in general.  It has been upended and put on hold, restricting travel and time with family and friends.

This week Linda and I were supposed to be spending anniversary vacation time in Banner Elk, North Carolina and closing out the week, celebrating with our granddaughter’s college graduation.  Instead, we had a short 3-day staycation.  Disappointing, yes, but you make adjustments and move on, right?  What else is there to do?

That recurring image from the gospels reminds me that you try your best to remain faithful.  That is what you do!  When the Master returns, I want him to know that he was right to entrust his home to me and others.  I am so glad that I get to share this home with you!

See you Sunday on-line,

Gary