I left the campus on Sunday morning. This is a week of traveling. First I was in Houston, hosting a Round table. Now I am in New York. I come home Thursday to only pop down to Richmond before heading back to New York to preach on Sunday.
If I had to pick the single thing I miss most on campus, then I would say Chapel. Naturally, I am assuming that my wife, home, and the pillows that give me a good night's sleep are not counted. They would come ahead of even chapel. But of the Seminary activities, I would pick the pause in my day, when I collect my thoughts, offer my anxieties to God, and start the day ready to face the opportunities and challenges. I love the space offered by worship.
When I travel I always say page 137 in the Book of Common Prayer - Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families. It is a space in which I offer the day to God; it affords plenty of moments for silent prayer. It is precisely what I need. But it isn't the same as the corporate Morning Prayer. I miss that act of sharing with a community who are seeking to let God make a difference to their lives.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President