A word from Pastor Arthur
September 2018 - A couple of months ago I noticed this book featured in the display of our church library: The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality. I noticed as I was walking by. I didn’t have time to stop. I didn’t have time to pick it up. I do remember thinking – whoever needs this book probably doesn’t have time for it.
At some point I did quickly check it out and throw it in my bag thinking I might use it in an upcoming sermon. But I didn’t have time to get to it, and the sermon went in a different direction.
I just got back to the office after two weeks’ vacation. While on vacation the book was still in my bag, and I finally opened it on vacation mostly out of desperation. Let me explain:
Our family’s summer vacation plans had been revised from first, a trip to meet up with family on the west coast, to second, a week of camping in Montana, to finally, a week-end of camping on the North Shore surrounded by down time at home while the kids stayed in their summer program at TLC’s Early Learning Center. We just needed some down time. Things were too busy!
While taking a little break at home, Laura and I tried to make a point of spending a few moments each day sitting outside drinking coffee in the morning (before the kids woke up). We found this book to be a helpful partner in bringing us back to simple faith-based principles in our family life. It has helped center us on the type of household we hope to create and the kinds of values we hope to instill in ourselves and our children.
As we make use of this resource, I imagine that there might be other busy families at TLC who might be trying to stay grounded in the midst of hectic lives and busy schedules. This coming year I invite you to join with my family in using this book as a reference point. If you are interested, I would love to hear from you.
May the peace of Christ be with you all, even in the midst of busy lives and hectic schedules.