There were two common reactions when people found out about my year-long church sabbatical: immediate understanding or shock often followed by deep-seated concern. Those in the latter category worried a sabbatical would kick off a slippery slope or felt I was disobeying God by not going to church. Mostly they couldn't see how a sabbatical would be a good thing. While I wished otherwise, I understood where they were coming from. 15 years ago I likely would have expressed that same concern.
But thank God for those in the former category because many had similar experiences or grasped how healing it could be.
Because it was healing. God met me there and my faith is stronger as a result.
Hindsight is ever 20/20 and what I needed to do seems obvious now.
Ginger at Just One of the Boys invited me to be part of her In Her Shoes series and I decided to share more about the end of my church sabbatical. Or rather, how it's ending. Head on over to read the rest.