You may have noticed I have been away from the pulpit and from the blog post. Vacation beckoned me and I responded and how glad I was to break away. Re-creation is an important theological idea, folks. It is interconnected with Sabbath rest and biological aspects of renewal we depend upon, like sleep! I rested a while and frankly, not waking up each day dailed into the Trump Soap Opera was a gift.
Returned now, I am very tempted to speak to the continued shredding of our democratic core values and hopes as a diverse and unified nation. The failure of diplomatic and mature solutions to Korea, the abysmal silence in the face of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, and the myriad other subjects that occupy us each day now since the inauguration of a White Nationalist to the Presidency of the United States.
But here is what I’d like to say to you as you begin your week: dial it down. Turn off the news. See if you can go twelve hours without reading any news or commentary. In that time, dial into prayer and contemplation, rest and renewal. Your mind really does not need to access all the information out there. And I use “information” in its broadest sense. Don’t tweet for a morning or an afternoon. When you do this you recognize and honor the truth that Christ holds all things together, not any president. When you dial it down, you turn off those dripping faucets of anger and resentment. Take a break. Take a vacation. Take a Sabbath. The Apostle Paul said it beautifully in his tender letter to the church at Philippi:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” [4:8] Dial it down and contemplate these things. Start today.
~See you Sunday, Pastor Bledsoe