Pastor's Pen, August 2011

In just a few days, students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, aides and staff start back to school. A lot of preparation has already taken place; more will take place in the days to come. It’s not too much to say that the next few weeks will be hectic as families transition from a summer schedule to a school schedule. If like mine, yours is one of those families who face a hectic schedule ahead (it most likely includes all of us really), let me share a couple of thoughts that may help.

Spend time together as a family. You will have to be creative perhaps but find the time. Make it a family movie or game night; find time to share a meal together; go to a park one evening (once the weather cools off). Decide on the activity together, let everyone be part of the decision. You will have to be intentional to make it happen, but it will be worth it.

Take a deep breath, literally and figuratively. Take fifteen minutes for “me” time. It’s not selfish. None of us can give ourselves to our family and others in hectic times if we don’t take some time for ourselves.

Pray. It really does change things. Most often it’s not the situation that changes. Rather, it’s how we look at the situation we are in that changes. We need to see things through the eyes of God. Life isn’t so hectic when we can do that.

Worship together. You knew a pastor would say that, didn’t you!! That’s an important time to create a shared faith that will sustain each of us throughout our lives.

Volunteer. Serving others is a wonderful thing to do and something our faith asks of us. You might serve as a family or individually. There are a number of places in Danville where you could do this. There are also a number of ways you can volunteer through church as well. Serving others with your family helps to create a shared value system.

There are other things we can do in the midst of our hectic lives. Perhaps you and your family do, or did, something that I haven’t included.  If so, I’d love to hear about it. Drop me an email at  

Let’s pray for all those who are getting ready to go back to school.

I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday.