It has now been 15 years since the beginning of Sojourners. Before that, for me, were the intense years in the student movement during the late '60s. Only in the past year have I come to realize the enormous amount of time and energy it has taken to start a magazine, found a community, and help build a movement.
I can no longer even count the number of articles, sermons and speeches, cities and miles and days on the road, meetings, community crises, pastoral conversations, marches, vigils, worship services and public actions, new projects, visions, dreams, and everything else it has taken to be a pastor, an editor, an itinerant preacher, and a political organizer. It's also only in the past year or so that I've come to realize I've never taken a break in these many years, or even a real rest, or, until recently, a serious vacation.
I'm very thankful for these 15 years but am more aware now of the toll they have taken. There is also a very deep sense of having completed a period of my life and embarking soon upon a new stage. What is needed now is a time in between to thoroughly digest and understand what has gone before and to prepare for what is to come.