The lead pastor at church, Dan, had taken a 5-month sabbatical due to some health and personal issues. I had always preferred hearing his voice over a couple others, so I wasn't exactly excited to spend who knows how many Sunday mornings, listening to someone else. I managed to go a few times over the summer, but it just wasn't the same. I often thought of exploring other churches in the Cedar Valley, but was afraid to do it alone therefore it never happened.
I can't explain how awesome it felt to get up and get ready to go to church yesterday morning. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that it was a perfect fall morning - the sun was shining, not one cloud in the clear blue sky, the reds and oranges of the trees, and just a slight breeze. And it wasn't just that I was going to church...I just felt different.
As my friend Allison and I walked to find a couple seats, we ran into who other than Pastor Dan. He greeted us with a hug and a "good morning" and I (again) just felt something different when he hugged me. As it turns out, this was his first Sunday being back at church. Boy, did I pick a good day to go! He's going to use the next few weeks to explain what he went through and says most of us will be able to easily apply it to our own lives. I'm excited to hear his "story" and get back into my Sunday morning routine of going to church...although I'd rather make the 9:30 AM service. ;)
A few things that my new Sunday morning routine will consist of: going through the Sunday newspaper, church: with a friend OR alone, brunch, going on a walk or attempting to do some type of workout, spending time with family (see pictures of who below!), and some NFL football - Go Cowboys!