Saturday, June 30, 2012

We need each other.

Friends, readers and maybe the random person stopping by. The day is young and has already been very stressful. Yours truly would be super grateful if you could keep us in your prayers, thoughts and good vibes. We need each other in life, we aren't supposed to go it alone. Let me know how I can pray for you.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Kindred Spirits

I often feel like the "odd man out" when it comes to matters of school and vocation (or sense of call as we call it in my world). I constantly struggle with feeling called to serve God's people with out very much from the material world. I also pretty regularly lust after stuff from the material world. It's a conundrum at best. It's a tension I have to live in for now. Even in seminary this call to less makes me often feel like I am on the outside. We have conversations about medical coverage, pensions and other parks of the compensation for the job of ministry. Those conversations sometimes leave me feeling dirty and frustrated.

I feel called into deeper practice, in to more disciplines that will allow my faith to go. A deeper call away from the things of society to the stuff of faith lived. It's a lonely call most of the time, even those called beside me in ministry don't often understand it. I have learned to live with it.

Lately though I have noticed I have a few kindred spirits around here. I am noticing people who are thinking like me, practicing like me and questioning like me. I am slowly having conversations that are life giving.

I am grateful for the discovery of new  kindred spirits.
May you be blessed by the feeling of being understood. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Calming Down

Well summer is upon us and my schedule is finally calming down. LG and I have been traveling a lot and Paul even got to come on one trip with us. I am back to class this week for summer classes and that is the only plan I have for the month. This is such a relief as it has been crazy around here as you might have noticed by my lack of blog posts! If you are still out there wondering if I have lost all sense of gratitude, you can rest easy that I have not. Today I am grateful for time to dust and just get caught up with the cleaning tasks that have been ignored for entirely too long.

May you be blessed with catching your breath.