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Work Addiction

On the (risky) assumption that "that which is most personal is most universal," today I'd like to share some personal observations and insights about work, tiredness, and rest. First, work . Work is addictive.   Especially if, like me, you like and enjoy your work, and find it meaningful and rewarding, it can be addictive.   We tend to think of "addicts" as people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. And while those are serious addictions, I'll bet they are not as common an addiction as work is. However, many of us are "addicted to work" to such a degree that if that same addiction were to drugs or alcohol, our families, friends, and work colleagues would not tolerate it. They'd insist we seek help and get into recovery. But those kinds of interventions don't often happen with our addiction to work. I suspect that's mostly because our addiction to work (at least now, in the United States) is not only socially

Your Heart

Today, something a bit different: as a way of reflecting on this Sunday's gospel passage (Jesus' encounter with a woman at a well), I want to share a fantastic passage from the Christian writer John Eldredge's book The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God : "This may come as a surprise to you: Christianity is not an invitation to become a moral person. It is not a program for getting us in line or for reforming society. It has a powerful effect upon our lives, but when transformation comes, it is always the aftereffect of something else, something at the level of our hearts. And so at its core, Christianity begins with an invitation to desire. "Look again at the way Jesus relates to people. There is the Samaritan woman Jesus meets at the well. She has come alone in the heat of the day to draw water, and they both know why. By coming when the sun is high, she is less likely to run into anyone. You see, her sexual lifestyle has earned her a "rep

Prayers Answered?

Years ago, I was in a conversation with a bride at whose wedding I was going to officiate, who was planning a big  outdoor reception in the back yard of a historical property...there were to be elegant tables, seating ten people each, and there were thirty five of those tables.   They were not allowed to set up tents outdoors, and so when the bride was asked, "what will you do in case of rain?" she said, well, "we'll have to cram 350 guests into a space meant for 150, and they'll eat off their laps, and we'll make the best of it." But this bride was praying - and I mean praying - for good weather. Now I'm not preaching this Sunday - long ago we arranged for The Rev. Gideon Pollach, Head Chaplain at Episcopal High School, whom you will find to be a delight! - to be a guest preacher and teacher of Adult Forum.  But some thoughts have come together this week that I'd like to share here.   The first is the Old Testament lesson ap

Who Are You Wearing?

Who Are You Wearing? A sermon preached the last Sunday of Epiphany (March 2, 2014) The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector,  The Falls Church Episcopal Today is a transition Sunday, with the season of Lent beginning this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday and next Sunday being the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is a season that can be a real gift from the church, because it invites us to use it as a season of reflection, a season to step back and take a long loving honest look at ourselves. Today is also the night of the Academy Awards, the night the Oscars are awarded, and the reason I mention that is a question that is sometimes asked on the red carpet as all those actors and actresses arrive. The question is “who are you wearing?” Have you heard that question before? Who are you wearing. Maybe it’s just that I’m a bit of an English grammar and vocabulary nerd (I love language!), but I’m fascinated by that question. “Who are you wearing?” Not “what are you wearing?” or “who’s your design