Restored phone service and Vacation
The 1-800-827-1082 line has been restored--after being down for two months. I was now aware that it was down until this past week when I found out by accident. With some begging and cajoling, I was able to get the number that we have had for years (and the one that is printed on everything that goes out from the Vocation Office) restored. My apologies to anyone who tried to reach the Vocation Office and was unable to do so. If you use the number now you should get through to the office.
Yesterday I drove to Peoria, IL where I will be vacationing until next Saturday. The weather here is very hot and humid, so I put in a refreshing picture of the Colorado mountains. Thought it might help distract from the discomfort of summer in middle America.
Vacations are wonderful things. To take a break from the routine of work and spend a little time doing something out of the ordinary is healthy for our bodies, minds, and spirits. Enjoying a vacation does not mean that we do not enjoy work. I enjoy my work as a Vocation Director very much as I enjoyed teaching and serving as a College Chaplain very much. But a break from the routine is still healthy and necessary.
What do I intend to do this vacation? Very little of anything. I have been doing a lot of travel recently and will be doing much more later this month and into the fall. Thanks to God's generosity, I have a good number of men to visit from many places who are interested in looking into the possibility of joining our community. To visit them and spend time learning about their hopes and dreams is a part of my work that I find very rewarding. I meet some very generous and Spirit-filled men and I thank God for the chance to get to know them--whether they are called to join us or not. So this week I intend to relax, read, enjoy the members of my immediate family, and refresh myself for the work ahead. Oh yea, I also get the chance to visit the cat that I had with me at my previous assignment. One of my sisters now cares for him, but it is good to see him once in a while.