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Makes you think...

"The Church is often the last hiding place from God..." (Carl Barth) quoted in a recent sermon I heard.
How often do we allow the institution (2020 vision / structural changes / 'doing Church' with all its regular demands) to distract us from the life God might actually be calling us into...?
How do we check that we're listening out for God, discerning what we are truly to be about?
When was the last time we dared "stop" and wait on God...?
(Perhaps this is what Sabbaticals are for....!)

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Sabbatical in summary...

My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’ 
Oh God, can those words be for me too?
How I long to hear them!
I’m not Moses, but I’m also on a journey – trying to follow Jesus.Some days, life seems like an unmarked wilderness,
and I’m not sure which way to go.
‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I hear you Lord. Help me to trust.Other days, I’m so busy that I don’t stop to listen.
I’m stressed and distracted and frazzled.
‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I hear you Lord. Help me to pause and take time for you.Then there are the days when I do remember.
I walk restfully in your presence.
How different those days are.‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I believe you Lord. Those words are for me. 
Your presence does go with me and give me rest.
Thank you Lord!Amen
Richard England