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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Thankful for the Sabbath experience ...

One of the greatest struggles of bivocational ministry is finding myself in want of a regular Sabbath experience and carving time for personal worship.

Too often I find myself living day to day, week to week without a Sabbath. Yet, I am grateful to serve this community where I am given a number of Sundays "off" to experience renewal.

Such was the case on New Year's weekend when my family took up three chalets at Fairhaven Ministries. On Sunday morning, I decided to walk the trails on the grounds along Roaring Creek. It was a wonderful time of quiet contemplation ... a time that I greatly needed. (I was gone so long that Donna later told me she became worried.)

The weather had an early spring-like feel to it; the breeze was cool and brisk. At one point, I stood on a trail that was transformed into a wind tunnel and watched rhododendron leaves shimmer rhythmically -- creation dancing in the Spirit! Every so often I would stop and photograph the cascading creek as it journeys along the Doe River watershed.

A beautiful waterfall caught my eye in the distance, but the trail only allowed my tennis-shoed feet to pursue it but so far. As I journeyed toward an easier passage I stopped at the creekside ... rushing water steadily roared in my ears ... a brisk breeze heightened my senses ... instinctively I lifted my arms in praise, with my face to the heavens.

Worship ...

Grace and peace ...