As I write this to you, Islington United Church community, I am preparing for my three-month sabbatical that begins Jan 24. The essence of sabbatical is rooted in the biblical practice of the Sabbath day described in the creation story. Jesus kept this practice when he took time in his ministry for renewal. He often went away to pray and reflect in silence and meditation “on mountain tops and by lakesides.” The daily practice of ministry can include the pressure of many tasks compressed into too few hours, leaving little opportunity for reflective, prayerful time. In the context of ministry, sabbatical time is for learning through reflection and revitalization. It is personal and individual in nature and may include study, spiritual retreat and rest.
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