Readers of this blog have noticed the irregular schedule of my postings over the summer. My bi-weekly blog began featuring new material every three weeks, and it’s now been about a month since my previous post.
To be honest, I’ve been facing a time crunch. Blogging requires the mental and spiritual space to think, pray, write, revise, and revise again. We’re all volunteers over here on the Ancient Faith platform, and between work, home, and church responsibilities, I’ve been struggling to carve out regular writing time.
And to be really honest, I’ve also discovered that this long season of pandemic, fires, political unrest, social isolation, and extreme weather events has taken a toll. My emotional and creative resources are drained, much like the low water level of a reservoir during a season of drought. Perhaps you’ve felt this way too during the past few months.
So, I’m taking a break. Rather than sputtering along erratically—complaining yet again, “Lord, it’s all cobwebs in here!”—I will step away for the next six to eight weeks, and with God’s grace I hope to refresh and recharge. The hiatus (sounds more official, doesn’t it?) will also give me time to concentrate on researching and writing a new series that I had begun before the pandemic, called “Stumbling Stones on the Orthodox Road.”
I’ve often said that I’m writing the blog that I wish had existed when I first began my journey to Orthodoxy. I was often confused, often uncomfortable, and yet drawn to the beauty and holiness that I found in the Church. The upcoming series of posts will, as always, focus on this messy experiential side of living and learning Orthodox Christianity, with an honest look at the barriers, or stumbling stones, that can make hikers want to turn away from this strange and ancient path.
I hope to return later this autumn with some news and some fresh material that I pray will help and encourage readers, wherever you are on your spiritual journey.
And if you could take a moment to pray for me, I would greatly appreciate it.