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Savor: A Reflection

Since this strange season began just a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting on how I have been taking advantage of my 2020 word in these first few, long months.

In late December 2019, as I selected the word ‘Savor’ for 2020, I imagined the opportunities that would arise.

When I selected the word “Savor” this is the verse that came to mind.

On January 1, 2020, I woke up in the middle of the tour of a life time of the Holy Land, savoring every moment of that trip.

On January 10, 2020, I woke up in my own bed, ready to enjoy 3 more weeks of rest as I experienced a Sabbatical. That time was precious and I savored every part of it.

On February 1, 2020, I went back to work at church for the first time in well over a month. I felt energized, and savored the return to my beloved ministry community.

On March 1, 2020, we were early in the season of Lent, preparing studies and worship services and discussing Holy week activities.

On March 12, 2020, the governor shut down the schools and everything began to change.

On March 13 & 14, 2020, we held a modified 30 hour famine and provided a sense of normalcy to a group of kids who were about to engage in a new chapter of this life, one we would all experience together.

On March 15, 2020, I attempted to take my Sabbath, but spent most of the day in conversation with God and staff on how to continue activities when gatherings less than 50 and than 10 were the only ones allowed.

The week of March 16, I still went into work, although the atmosphere was much different. We talked alot, and scrambled and wondered how we were going to manage these new guidelines.

On Sunday, March 22, a text conversation with my sister, an ER nurse, completely change my perpsective.

There’s no way I could have known what it would look like today, on the first day of a month I am glad has arrived. But I truly believe that God planted the word, ‘Savor’ in my heart in late 2019, so that I may be more prepared to take this season one moment at a time.

Moving forward, I will savor the many opportunities to worship via livestream, not just with my local community, but with friends all over the world.

I will savor opportunities to study God’s Word with friends via video chat.

I will savor the time spent away from my computer, with my spouse, doing puzzles and listening to records, .

I will savor time spent outside, in the yard, on a walk or exercising.

I will savor a slow down in the normal pace of life and reprioritizing time to what is truly important.

I will savor nights on the couch, watching a favorite movie or tv show.

As we approach Holy Week, I will savor my Savior, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I will savor the victory he won for the entire world through his death on the cross and Resurrection.

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