Most Sunday mornings at this time I am in my office at the church where I am the pastor getting ready to open the doors and to welcome those who gather and to do what I can to create a space of thoughtfulness, encouragement and community. But, this morning I am sitting on my front porch looking at a stone wall I built four or five years ago. As much as I value the community which gathers each Sunday morning, I am increasingly aware of my need to carve out space and to step back from the week in/week out routine and to do…well, to do nothing. Not only are moments like this restorative, but they are also both a reminder and a chance to practice. A reminder of just how important such moments are in helping me maintain my balance and perspective. And practice, so that when vacation is over and I am at my desk rather then on the front porch, because I have paid attention and practiced today I can remember to pause in the midst of the responsibilities and the busyness of the day to take a deep breath.