As those of you who follow this blog know, I go quiet every once in a while. Often this is because I’ve hit a really busy patch in life with my congregation, or in life in general. In busy times it is tough to find the time to write a blog entry.

Sometimes it is because I just don’t have anything to say. It’s sometimes tough to come up with something to write about…and busy-ness plays into that as well.

Sometimes it’s just because for one reason or another I don’t want to share what I am going through. Maybe this is best defined as “still processing” – those times when I am still thinking through, still working out, still trying to understand or just plan slogging along to get to a better day.

This winter has been a tough one, and I haven’t wanted to share my bitter, grumbly, bad-mood-ed thoughts through my blog. Partially because after a while, that just gets boring. (I’ve said more than enough about it on Facebook!) And partially because I believe I am called to live differently than that. I am called – as all Christians are – to a life of hope and a life of love. And it’s hard to invest in hope and love when you are grumpy all the time.

But I’ve turned a corner. I am sure the Olympics have something to do with it – I am always happier when the Olympics are on. I love the stories and the spirit of the games. I know there are a lot of politics involved too, but at the heart of it, the games are about ordinary people trying to accomplish the extraordinary. And I like that.

So with a shift in my attitude has come a shift in my desire to blog. It’s like I’ve refocused. Over the past several days I’ve found myself thinking about blog posts I’d like to write. I’ve also been thinking of writing regularly as a Lenten discipline.

So, I am back. And glad to be here. Let’s see what the next several weeks have to offer!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 NKJV

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