Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Press Pause                    


Psalm 32     


The Hebrew word "selah" is often translated to mean pause. When reading this psalm, we should stop at the appropriate places to let the words wash over us. That can be difficult for some of us. After all, we live in a world that is asking us to be constantly on the move and constantly busy. As a Type A workaholic perfectionist with ADHD, I understand that desire perfectly. I am just as guilty as anybody else of always staying busy and always having something to do and never quite allowing myself enough time to just pause, selah.


What I experience when I allow myself the time to let this psalm wash over me is the idea that, in its own way, pausing can be a form of blessing. When we take the time to pause, we allow ourselves to be open to new experiences. We allow ourselves to see new ways of being. We open ourselves up to change and to growth, but only when we take the time to pause, selah.


I wonder what our society would look like if we took more time to pause. Instead of working 40-hour work weeks with no breaks, no vacations, and no days off, what if instead we worked a 30-hour work week, took frequent breaks, vacations, and days off? Would our society be happier? Would our productivity improve? Let's spend this Lenten season choosing to see the pauses in our lives as the blessings, not the distractions. Selah.


"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." -Poet Guillaume Apollinaire





Tad Hopp  

SFTS M.Div. Intern