Greetings and salutations (or "hallucinations" as my custodian likes to joke).
I had a very fun and very busy weekend this past weekend. Because of that I did not get my normal "Sunday Morning Prayer" posted. I will be resuming that this Sunday.
This past weekend, my wife and I along with two other couples (plus a baby) packed a van and traveled down to Iowa to the Amana Colonies (follow the link to see for yourself…it was really neat). We had some great German food (and of course some great German beer). We walked through some really neat stores and had breakfast at an old stone hearth bakery. Needless to say I took a "tiny" step back in my marathon training. Oh well…I will get back on track this week.
In any case, the weekend was a great little break for me. This Lenten season has been an extremely busy and tiring one for me…on so many levels. Please don’t get me wrong here though…I don’t mean to wine with a sob story, but I am tired…and excited. You see…Holy Week and Easter is what keeps me going. This is the time of the year that gives me so much energy. I am going to prepare hard for this joyous time of the year. I am going to give all I have (and then some). We are going to praise God for the gift of life we have in Jesus Christ like there is no tomorrow.
In a way…I am running a marathon and am sprinting to the finish line. The adrenaline is pumping and I am ready to "finish" hard…but…
…after I finish this "marathon"…after Easter is done I will be crashing hard for a couple weeks to recover and re-fuel. Frankly…I will need a break. So please excuse me if I don’t post as much as I normally do until after Easter. With my energy reserves running low, I need to focus on what I need to do here. I love leading worship during Holy Week and Easter and love preaching during this time even more. It is such a powerful time for me (and my wife). I know I will have the strength I need (thanks be to God), but I need to focus on my church family here. I will be stopping by to visit the blogs I normally read, but I need to take a break from writing for a little bit, but with a periodic post from time to time as energy and time allow.
So in the mean time, God bless you as you prepare (however that may look for you) for Holy Week and Easter. And may we all basket in the glow of God’s awesome glory.
Praise be to God…always and forever!