My week did not begin on a high note. Spending over two days suffering from a stomach bug, and two more trying to recover, was not the most enjoyable experience. And yet, I find myself thankful.
I’m thankful for having a family which let me rest and recuperate. Having two kids in the house over the Summer often means “rest” is not something which can be done at home 1. We were also having family in to see my daughter’s show, which meant the house had to be made ready. I helped as I could, but not as much as I wanted, and the grace to take it slow was appreciated.
I’m thankful for the people of Central Baptist, which never complained about my absence on Sunday morning and checked throughout the week to see how I was feeling 2. Many pastors could be bleeding out their eyeballs and not trust the congregation to forgive their absence on a Sunday morning. I never even considered I’d receive anything but compassion and support, it’s a great gift. Central even went “plan b” on Sunday. I’d offered them the text of my sermon, and the slides to go with it, but they instead held a testimony time. This means my sermon for this coming Sunday is already completed, which took a great deal of stress off my recovery.
I’m thankful for ABCNJ, which shrugged and said, “No problem” when I told them I couldn’t come up to the office this week. We’re in the middle of creating all the media for our Annual Session, which is the biggest event in our year, but folks simply said, “Get well.”
People may laugh at this, given how much of a geek I am, but I’m thankful for the technology I have at my disposal. While I wasn’t anywhere near as “productive” as I’d normally be during a week, I was still able to get many necessary tasks accomplished whenever I found my energy level on an up-swing. I was in touch with a family who had a member in the hospital, and also got to speak with the patient via cell phone. I posed questions to our church council via email, and participated in the resulting conversation. Several of the final elements I needed for ABCNJ’s regional directory came to me via slack, and I included them in my inDesign project. I was even able to help finalize a grant application for the Brazilian pastor who is part of the Central Baptist Family. Most of these tasks I accomplished from home, dressed in a style which can only be described as “nap-ready.” Without the tools I have at my disposal, this would have either been a “lost-week,” or I would have pushed myself back into a full-schedule and risked a relapse of illness.
So, it was a terrible way to begin the week, but it also reminded me how much I have in my life for which I should be thankful. And that’s good.