Here I go again….laxing on writing personal blogs….If you’ve read the “My Story” section of this blog, you realize why writing personal blogs (for no reason other than to convey personal information) is so difficult for me. So, here I go again, failing to write personal posts and substituting in their place theoretical posts, analysis, or informational transfers.

In some ways, the last few weeks and months have felt very normal and uneventful, especially in light of recent catastrophes in the Middle East, Wisconsin, and Japan. My life, by comparison, is predictable and regulated.

In other ways, thought, life has been interesting and productive. Tamie and I continue to thoughtfully discuss our options for the future–where we will be, what we will do, etc. We have decided on fishing this summer, for the entirety of the summer. It’s hard work, but we are both looking forward to it. Tamie will mostly be writing, as she concludes her first year of her two year Master’s program in creative writing. In mid-summer she travels to Ireland for her bi-annual intensive workshops.

I continue to think through my sense of calling into ministry, specifically pastoral ministry, and roll around in my heart and mind what this might mean for me. How does one cultivate community? Inspire a mission of social justice? And cultivate individual spiritual growth? These are a few of the questions that inspire me in my thinking and prayers. One thing seems to be fairly constant, and that is the fact that I feel an abiding peace and certainty about my sense of calling. It kind of grows over time. It’s a feeling that I haven’t really felt, at least on this deep of a level; and yet it seems to makes sense of the trajectory of my life. Like I’ve been heading this direction all of my life even if I have mostly been unaware of it. Anyone else have that sense? It feels to me like anyone would feel–the sense of calling and purpose to a specific vocation.

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