Monday Musings for 6.21.21


Dear Friends,

All good things must come to an end.  Even Monday Musings.  This is my last one.

I’ve saved them all.  Not on my computer.  I still don’t trust computers. I have real pieces of paper, quite a pile, dating back to October of 2011.

It was Steve Tollefson who suggested this as a simple way to stay in touch with my congregation.  It started with church news.  It quickly morphed into what it has become ever since — just something to pass along that I hope might get your week off to a good start.

My work week has started with Monday for 40 years now.  Many pastors take Monday off, but I have always taken Friday.  Very soon every day will be my day off.  I have mixed feelings about that, because I have loved being a pastor.  I look forward to coming to church on Monday.  So what will I do on Monday morning with no Monday Musings to write?  And then what will I do on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?  I don’t know.  But I know myself well enough to know that it won’t take me long to develop a new routine.

As I went through my old Monday Musings files, I came upon a scrap of paper with an idea on it that I never got to.  It came from a man named Lynn Egli.  Some of you remember his mother, Geraldine, who attended our church before she moved to Albany, Oregon to be closer to her son.  Lynn Egli suggested five steps in starting something new:

1) Pray, 2) plan, 3) act, 4) assess, 5) adapt.

Not bad advice for a soon-to-be retiree. It all starts with prayer.  For me, for you, and for Nampa First United Methodist Church.

As I sign off for this last time, I think of another Lynn.  I don’t know his last name, but he was a regular at Simply Worship.  It was hard to understand him, but his favorite thing to say was not hard to understand.  He would hold his hands together and say, “I pray for you.”

I pray for you.

In Christ,