Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“Whew! I am so glad that is over for another year!” That expression has echoed through the halls here as people are coming off the “hectics” of the recent holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas. The question I have been asked by many is: “So, Chaplain, what now – what am I to do with my life?” We had filled our days and nights with a tedium of parties, shopping, special events and reunions. If our “holiday” had little sense of “holyday,” there can be an emptiness as we return to our routines.
Perhaps this “after holiday” time can be a call for us to find “holyday” moments for times of re-creation and renewal. Perhaps now is the time to focus on the core of our lives – intentionally finding opportunities to reconnect with the holy presence of God in our daily activities.
Hanukkah and Christmas are not over for another year. Each one is a point of beginning: a new commitment to centering our lives on the Holy. Central to both religions is the observance of SHABBAT or SABBATH. Both are intentional commitments for the individual believer to make space for quiet contemplation, prayer, teachings, spiritual renewal. In these moments we are reminded of the Commandment, “Remember the Shabbat/Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” A “busy life” is not necessarily a spiritually healthy life. I need that reminder in my life and ministry. I need to remember that “the good life made better” also involves moments to connect to the core of life. These are part of the essence of life at Bay Village … and needs to be wherever we live.