“Greetings from Jamaica, mon!” (OK, I’m not actually in Jamaica when I’m writing this, but I will be when you read it.) We are, presumably, having a wonderful time.
In the past, when we have gone on a family vacation, we have made plans to do this on this day and that on that day and had a schedule to keep. Well, this time we’re just relaxing...if we want to do something, we do it, if we don’t, we don’t.
Vacations are good. It is nice to get away from the stress and strain of the job and just take it easy for a while. Whether you have a rigorous schedule of places to go and things to do or not, it is good for the body and mind to just get away for a bit.
As good as vacations are for the body and mind, they must also be good for the soul and spirit...right? Well, not exactly.
Many times Jesus warns His followers that they need to be diligent in their service to Him. That they need to always be watching and serving. Just one example of this is His teaching in Matthew 24:36ff (the warning to stay awake and alert and busy serving, because we do not know when “that day” will come).
In other words, we are not to take a “spiritual vacation.” Jesus expects and demands that we continually serve Him from the moment we make Him our Lord in baptism until the time when He calls us home...without any vacation time.
This means that even when we are on vacation physically, we are not on vacation spiritually. We do what we can to find a local body of the Lord’s church wherever we are and assemble with them if at all possible.
I hope that wherever your vacation takes you this summer, you’ll remember that you are not on vacation from God...even if it is “only Wednesday.”
I am very much looking forward to meeting with brothers and sisters in Montego Bay, Jamaica this evening (Wednesday, May 31).
(Editor’s note: this was supposed to be in last week’s bulletin...but technical difficulties prevented publishing a bulletin last week. And we tried, but could not get in touch with the church at Montego Bay to attend services.)