What was caught on that Fishin' Trip?

What was caught on that Fishin' Trip?

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may 

return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.

Herbert Hoover


First of all, thank you to the congregation for understanding the importance of, and making a commitment to, rest and renewal for staff. Thanks also to the staff members who picked up extra responsibilities in my absence. Because of great staff and lay leadership, I was confident the congregation was in good hands. 
For the last month I have been on a sabbatical that included fishing, yes, but as Herbert Hoover's quote says, fishing was much more than fish. Fishing for me on this trip, included reassessing my own spiritual life and practices, reading books, processing the horrific events happening in our world and asking what role the church should or does play in healing, seeing the world through the eyes of nature, and reconnecting with my family. 
My "catches" weren't big, both literally and figuratively. I was not the member of the family that caught the biggest fish. Those accolades went to others. Figuratively, they were bigger for me. I practiced good self-care, learning new ways to help myself center and focus better spiritually. I watched three families of ducks enter our lives and share ways of parenting. I nurtured and watched my kids build relationships with these three duck families, showing the importance of honoring each other's spaces. While individuals and groups of people were striking out in anger and retaliation on the news, there were trusting relationships being built between humans and ducks on our shore. The relationships of trust that were built on our shore could easily be mirrored by human beings, if we would just be willing to take the time needed to listen and learn the experiences of others. 
And finally, because I was on sabbatical and not 'vacation,' my family and I actually had uninterrupted time together. I love the ministry, and it is always an honor and privilege to be with people when needed. But it was a gift to me and my family to not be worried that the next call would take Mom away.
I feel reenergized to minister to the congregation, support the staff, and keep First Cong engaged in a community that needs love and care.

~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on July 19, 2016 at 10:12 am in Featured Content.

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