A Year Off
I overheard a weird phrase today. It was referencing a regular attender here who let it be known that he/she needed "a year off of church." A year off church? What does that mean? I think I could see taking a year off cable-tv, or a year off red meat. I could see taking a year off of something that was optional, luxurious, fattening, health-impairing, or non-essential. But could you imagine changing the noun and say: I'm taking a year off of my marriage, eating, being a parent, or bathing?" I don't think so. It tells me, sadly, that church is an excess obligation, burden and drain on this person, not a life-sustaining community, not a hard-wired need for corporate worship. I hope his/her journey reveals how spiritually hungry he/she becomes.