Author Archives: Sabbath Thoughts

About Sabbath Thoughts

My name is Mike Gaston. I am a former missionary, a Shepherding Pastor at Heights Church in Prescott, AZ, a happy husband, a spoiled father of two daughters, a proud grandfather, and a recently-convinced pursuer of the benefits of intentional, regular, contemplative, Christ-centered rest. This blog will allow me to share thoughts about Sabbath, as well as thoughts about God and the Christian life that come out of my restful Sabbath moments.

A Parking Spot, a Monaco Cop, and a Plate of Macaroni and Cheese

“It’s not permitted, but it is tolerated.” That was the response I received one day from a passing policeman in Monaco when I asked if it was OK to park in the spot I had chosen.  My first reaction: “What … Continue reading

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You Are … and I Am

While hiking along the base of this amazing rock formation in Sedona yesterday, my prayer time shifted in this direction.  I hope it adds to your worship on this Good Friday. There are plenty that I’ve missed – please feel … Continue reading

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Go Ahead. Smell a Pine Tree.

I usually glance up and down the trail before I do it, because it looks, I don’t know, kinda weird (ya think?). But it’s rare that I take a mountain trail without at least once sticking my nose into the … Continue reading

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When You Won’t be Home for Christmas

I was in denial.  And it was time to do something about it. We had moved to France just four months earlier, and were facing our first Christmas overseas.  We had put up the few decorations that we had brought … Continue reading

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A 20-Year Dream

It’s been over 20 years since we first considered this idea, 20 years of wondering when and whether the opportunity would come, 20 years of leaning in a direction that felt right, but for which we had no guarantee. What … Continue reading

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Some Trees Fell, but Some Trees Stood

There is a sad side to one of the aspen groves on my favorite Sabbath hiking trail. I’m not sure when it happened, or why it happened here and not at the other groves on the gentle slopes of this … Continue reading

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Good Wednesday at the Gurley Street Grill

Something cool seems to happen whenever my friend Ron and I eat lunch at the Gurley Street Grill in downtown Prescott. It happened yesterday, for the second time in three months, and it sheds light on a holiday that we’re … Continue reading

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