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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pause

Here’s a word that has lots of implications, many uses depending on circumstances. After a bombardment of information or activity, it’s really nice to pause for bit of rest, a little reflection. Life can get rolling at such a pace we may want to yell out “Stop the world; I want to get off!” Or maybe we just need a little “pause that refreshes.”

I’m sure there are many people involved in some urgent search and rescue, not to mention those awaiting relief, who would gladly push a pause button for time to catch their breath; but that isn’t possible.

At the same time, many of us who do have the opportunity, in fact, who are urged to take breaks, wait a bit, spend time in quiet reflection before we jump, or act, or decide, seem reluctant to do that. We can’t wait to jump in and do something—fast!

Over the last two weeks Carman and I have been bringing you our thoughts on the 2020 Vision Goals for the decade. We hope you’re considering them and working out strategies to implement those that resonate for you and your congregation, as are we.

Just now, the church is being asked to reflect, to spend time in discernment on some very big and very challenging issues. We’ve been commended for doing just that, for taking time to think, to study and dialogue together on various questions before us. There is much to think about, and much to do. But for now, on this Monday morning, I’m focusing on this good word for the day: Pause.

(Posted by Marion)

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