Going to Santa Fe

A couple from the church that I serve in Rio Rancho and I will be going to Santa Fe for lunch.  I still can’t believe that I am only 60 miles away from the city that captivated me the moment I saw it.  One of the reasons we chose to live in New Mexico was so that we could be closer to Santa Fe.  There is something uplifting and powerful about that city.  The smells, the sites, and even the sounds represent the Southwest area that distinguish it from the rest of the country.

Today I am grateful that I live where I live.  The mountains are breath taking and the high desert (I live 5,200 feet above sea level) has a special look all its own.  The scene right outside my church nourishes my soul.  We have lived in New Mexico for almost nine years.  I keep wondering, “How come I didn’t move sooner?”  I then realized that I had lessons that needed to be learned in Houston that would serve me well in the line of work that I do in New Mexico.  I moved when it was the right time.

Sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing by moving from a huge city like Houston that offered many opportunities for my children.  I quickly shift to what my life would have been like had I missed the blessings of serving in New Mexico.  While there were many opportunities in craziness of the big city, there have been many opportunities where I am now.  Each occasion opening a door into my journey with God.  Each person in each place teaching me a little more about what it means to live in faith and hope.

Praise be to our God, who gives us opportunities in which we can learn how to grow in love and faith with one another.  I hope that you can find time to explore where you are in this world and that you may discover and share the uniqueness of our God.  There is a world that needs to hear the good news.  May we be the ones to carry this message forward.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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