After Casuarina … what next?

My stint at Casuarina – initially meant to end in early October 2013 – finally finished on 5 January 2014. Although there were a few people who were not wildly excited at the outset by the prospect of a woman in the pulpit, the decision to extend my contract was unanimous, thank God. I think by then they realised that I wasn’t really a heretic! I must say that I enjoyed immensely my time in ministry there but I was pretty weary by the time I finished.
Now what? I reckon I can’t justify being “on holiday” for much longer. And it’s not as if there’s nothing to do. The difficulty is choosing.
After joining Bodyfit for a programme of exercise physiology to strengthen my aging bones, I’ve become hooked and graduated to having a weekly personal training session. But that means I now have fewer excuses for avoiding the gardening work that awaits. Somehow the garden has become something like a jungle while I wasn’t looking – so I’m now about to gird my loins appropriately and attack it … at a measured pace.
But even that is probably an excuse to save getting my mind into gear and begin any one of the writing projects on the agenda.
I did think that, having expended all that energy writing sermons last year and enjoying the process that I might actually try to continue with a regular reflection here. In the meantime, the poem that I used for the sunrise Easter service at Casuarina last year has been picked up by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane as part of their Lenten programme.
(Programme Title: You have set us free).