I received a phone call yesterday from a dear friend and colleague. We’ve been in conversation regarding historical and collective trauma and working on developing a modified chart-like visual to foster helpful and healthy conversations. (I’m not always hibernating in my office.)  I did not mind the interruption from her call. It took a bit longer than usual to realize that the call was not intentional. (It was a pocket dial.) The phone call started as if the conversation was directed toward me but there was an unknown voice asking what seemed like an important question. So I listened, but only long enough to confirm that the call was not intended for me. So, I hung up and went about my tasks.

What to do with interruptions?  Interestingly, some experts actually suggest that the best way to deal with interruptions is to consider them as gifts. I’ve been tarrying with that advice and I tend to agree. After all these years in ministry, I have come to believe interruptions are invitations to be present.  They are gifts that encourage engagement and connection.  Interruptions give you pause for self-reflection.  I am reminded to remember that the person who interrupts has value.
Don’t be shy. We give you permission to go ahead and interrupt a couple of people today.  Let them know you care.

Here are some fun facts. According to research from UC Irvine did you know that?
The average time spent on a task before being interrupted is 12 mins 40 seconds.
The average time elapsed before returning to work on the same task is 25 mins 26 seconds.
The average time required, after resuming a difficult task, to get back into the same level of intense concentration is 15 mins.

Scripture Reading:  Romans 15:5,6
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection Questions:
Who do you need to interrupt today?
Who would you like to hear from today?
How do you express encouragement?

Prayer: Holy God, I am so grateful for all the special people in my life. Help me to be an encouraging and caring presence in their life.  Let me journey in accordance with your will for my life.  Amen.

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