Losing Myself

I spent much of yesterday and today reading—probably to many they are not very exciting books: Understanding Your Congregation as a System, and Leaders Who Last.

But I really enjoy them. The writing is engaging and the authors discuss concerns that really matter to me: how to understand, serve, and lead the people God gathers in the congregation I call home. I also am reading the autobiography of Gandhi as well as a novel, The Postmistress.

I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not like to read. But sometimes I have gotten so busy that I did not take time to read, to really lose myself in a good book (or books). One thing I have reconnected with on my 90-day Renewal/sabbatical is my love of reading–and its importance in my work as a spiritual leader. 

Still, as much as I enjoy reading, I probably would not have done much these two days. Instead, I would have enjoyed the beautiful, cool, weather by working outside. However, due to a small injury to my left foot, I have been advised to put my foot up, and ice it. Can’t do much outside work that way.

Working outside in the dirt is a spiritual practice for me. So is reading. Both help me lose myself in something bigger than me.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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