Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Wesley Blog is Back

Hey, if you haven't noticed, Shane is back from his blogging break. He has updated the Methodist Blogroll. If you look on my sidebar you will notice I am second from the top.

I am glad he is back, I missed reading his thoughts on what was happening in the Methodist world. He was the first blog I read, and from there other blogs. In particular I found reverendmommy which then led me to find the revgalblogpals. Reading his blog got me started blogging.

I love his by-line, He says "his is the blog your Pastor doesn't want you to read." Funny but, a lay person introduced me to his blog. So welcome back Shane with the Wesley Blog. The only thing is he said bye-bye to the Wesley Daily, but does point you to the MBWR at Locusts and Honey.

He and some of the other really good bloggers have taken breaks recently. It has led me to wonder when does one do that? When does one know to take one? I wish as a Pastor sometimes I could take a break and then come back a little fresher. I wish sometimes I could be the worshiper and then come back to lead and preach. I wish sometimes I could take a break from all the meetings, needs, visiting, you name its that happen and then come back as Pastor. I have a friend that really wants a sabbatical, but can't afford it. I heard a Pastor teaching at the covenant forum talking about sabbatical for Pastors. He took one and it was really good for him. I don't know that I am in need of a sabbatical, just a long break, about a month would do it.

10 comments:

Songbird said...

Abi, that's why I love taking my four weeks of vacation all in a row. It's a great period of re-creation. I hope you'll find a break of some kind, too!

David said...

Abi,
You may want to check with the Lilly Foundation. they sponsor renewal sabbatical, including wages for the local church to cover your time away. Check it out.
Peace,
David

the reverend mommy said...

Me too. Although I find that changes of pace help tremendously, as well. Just mixing it up a little. Finding a new place to get morning coffee or a new park to take a walk in.

Sometimes just a change in perspective helps, too. I actually am going to get away for a night or so, on the lake for my b'day -- with the kids safely at a trusted friend's house. There's something healing about being around water.

Sally said...

Praying for a time of refreshing and renewal for you Abi- even if it has to happen amongst the meetings etc...
And if you need a break, and get the chance, there is a welcome over here in rural Norfolk UK!

SingingOwl said...

Amen to that last paragraph. I'd love to sit on the back row once in a while. A month...mmmm...that might do it.

revabi said...

Songbird,
I watched with some envy as you wrote about your month off, your experiences,etc. Thanks for commenting.

revabi said...

David, Thanks for pointing out what the Lilly foundations does. They do sponso a limited number of sabbaticals. One of the Seminaries in AL, Beeson Theological, at Samford University, offers Lilly grant money for a sabbatical as well.
Sounds like you mgiht have done one.

revabi said...

revernd mommy I am so gadl you are getting a little time away for relaxation. You are right, there is something healing about water.

Hope it is peaceful and restful for you.

revabi said...

Thanks Sally for your prayers. I may take you up on your invitation to Norfolk.

revabi said...

Singing Owl, it is nice to get that relief once and a while. I hear you, hoping for rest for you.