Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - February 3, 2021

Have you ever fallen out of the habit? I’m sure you have. We’ve all established a habit of some sort…journaling, exercise, daily devotions, time with a loved one, reading the paper….it could be almost anything to which we dedicate ourselves. And then something happens…an illness, time away, change in expectations and we pause, sure we’ll get back right away, and then we don’t, and then we have a series of days without the habit and the longer we wait to restart, the harder it seems to get back at it. At least, that’s how it is for me.

And that’s how it’s been with the e-spire. I fell out of the habit in December as I recovered from COVID (and had significant “brain fog”), worked on Advent and Christmas services, and helped Rick recover from surgery. And then when I planned to start writing again in January, on Epiphany, we faced the attacks on the Capitol and I simply couldn’t find the right words. And then it felt nearly impossible—where would I start? What would I say? Should I apologize for my apparent silence?

Like figuring out when to jump in with double-dutch jump rope, I struggled to get the rhythm, and then I decided I just had to do it.

I don’t expect my writing to be perfect, or life-changing. I hope that, in general, these are helpful for your own reflections in your walk of faith. I try not to send anything that feels forced. If I don’t have a “good word” to share, I simply don’t. And I hope that these reflections are a way of helping you to “think theologically”—putting a faith lens on ordinary things in our everyday lives.

Today, I hope you’ll look at your own habits….are there any you’ve fallen out of? Any you wish to have back again? Could you start again today? Or tomorrow? Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to jump.


In Christ,

Pastor Debbie


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