The Christmas New Year hiatus, in the life of the congregation here, seems to last about three weeks. For me, this used to be vacation time, along with most of the rest of Australia. Some time ago, I decided this wasn’t the best idea. Recessed programs could have one sitting back and twiddling one’s thumbs – but what a golden opportunity for uninterrupted  planning, reading and taking advantage of a slower, more relaxed pace. Creatively, these three weeks have become a very productive time.

This week work is cranking up again – some groups recommencing, committee meetings, appointments. I still haven’t finished a lot of what I set out to do over the summer lull – the office still needs sorting and reorganising, program preparation needs completion, and there is yet a heap of books waiting to be read – but it doesn’t seem to matter all that much. Taking advantage of lull periods in the kind of work scene where “the job is never finished” is like swinging in a hammock alongside an oasis.

The trick now is to build this scenarion into regular work life!