A friend told me this great story about her virtual baking group making pizza. They each mixed up their own dough the night before, then gathered via Zoom the next day, after the dough had risen, to shape it into pizza crusts. This recipe takes just ⅛ teaspoon of yeast, or 1 teaspoon of sourdough starter. Then it sits for 24 hours. That little? She thought. But it worked. The pizza was delicious. Everyone in the group was successful, and shared pictures of their beautiful pizzas. A little yeast plus time to rest and rise makes delicious bread.
It reminds me of a book a mentor Margaret Marcuson shared with me about writing (A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity). He said to write something and let it sit for 24 hours, and it will look different to you. I have done this many times with sermons. What I thought was a terrible sermon suddenly seemed a lot better the next day, and I could see how to make it even better.
As you read this I am taking time off to “rest and rise,” too. We all need it, if we rest, we’ll need less of us to do our work. Tasks will take less time. We won’t spend as much emotional energy on the most difficult challenges. We need a break every day, every week, and every year. Remember resting in God, the practice of Sabbath is a commandment. Elsa van Vliet, our chair of Music and Worship sent me this picture right before I left. It was taken right after she and George dropped anchor from their boat. May it be an invitation for us all to rest, so we may rise. See you in September.
ps – James will see you on Sunday at Facebook LIVE following our 9:30 am church service. A big thank you to Rev. Mark Aitchison for covering emergency pastoral care this past week.