This past week the weather felt like it had a personal vendetta against residents of Central Ohio. The last few days we have experienced freezing temperatures, rain, snow, sleet, and gale-force winds.

I am ready for spring. At this point, I’m willing to skip spring altogether and land right into the beautiful lap of summer! Looking ahead, temperatures are expected to climb into the 80s this weekend and I can’t wait!

It feels like we have been waiting for this summer for about two years. Many of us have plans. To go out of town. Take vacations. Attend weddings and reunions. Visit family and friends.

It’s time to take a breath. Slow down. Take stock. Breathe deeply. Soak in the sun. Take walks. Read books. Share meals with friends.

*Beginning May 1, I plan to do all of those things; I am taking a three-month sabbatical. I am so grateful for this gift of time and perspective.

Jesus is coming with me on my sabbatical. Literally. I have a small cut-out figure of Jesus that I plan to take with me wherever I go this summer. It’s the best thing about Jesus. We can take him wherever we go! This image of Jesus will be a reminder of God’s love for the world and God’s care for all of us while we are apart from one another.



What are your summer plans? How do you plan on taking Jesus with you this summer?


*For more information regarding Amy’s sabbatical, click here.


-Written by Rev. Amy Miracle

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  1. Peter and Janet Halliday April 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Amy, The love of your congregation goes with you also. The Hallidays

    • Amy Miracle April 21, 2022 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Pete and Janet!

  2. Alison Stuart April 20, 2022 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Best wishes, Amy! Hoping you find lots and lots of rest, contemplation, and fun. I’m getting through my busy days by planning a trip to Cedar Point in August and a cruise in December. I always need something to look forward to but also try to just enjoy the simple daily things as well.

  3. Don shackelford April 20, 2022 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    You deserve the time Covid has been tough for the ministry

    • Amy Miracle April 26, 2022 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Thanks Don!

  4. Michael Kirkman April 20, 2022 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Amy, I was able to take a sabbatical in my last couple of years as a non-profit CEO. It was a remarkable experience, untethered (for the most part) from the pressing and overarching concerns of day to day existence and leadership. I hope your time will be well spent and you will return refreshed and invigorated!

  5. Marilyn and Dick Briggs April 20, 2022 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Amy, this three month sabbatical will have you smiling the rest of the year and then some. You are so deserving and we share your anticipation and excitement. The Briggs’

  6. Marilyn and Dick Briggs April 20, 2022 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Amy, this sabbatical will have you smiling for the next year of so. You are so deserving and we share your excitement and anticipation. With all best wishes, the Briggs’

  7. Amy Miracle April 21, 2022 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Alison, enjoy your time at Cedar Point and the cruise!

  8. Peggy Reasoner April 21, 2022 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Amy, here’s hoping you find the rest and solitude you are seeking. You have been our rock and salvation for many years. Thank you from me and sharing your excitement.

  9. Terry Valentine April 21, 2022 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Hopefully we’ll be smack dab in the lap of summer awaiting your return. Enjoy your time away. See you in 3.

  10. Judith Siehl April 23, 2022 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Best wishes to you as you go on sabbatical. Well deserved, and I hope you are invigorated by your time away and your research. A great privilege, and I hope it will be all and more of what you hope! Enjoy!

  11. Charlotte Ferguson April 25, 2022 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Hi Amy,
    Wishing you all the best. Enjoy the fishing and reading! We’ll be thinking of you and praying for you.

    Summer plans: moving Kate, seeing Claire perform and family time!

  12. Anne Todt April 26, 2022 at 6:07 pm - Reply


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