As we find ourselves already in the middle of the Advent season, I am constantly made aware that plans are made with the understanding that life can change our direction in a New York minute. I never would have imagined where I would be this time last year as compared to this year. Ministry constantly changes and pastoral demands reflect the varying needs of congregational life. I have been a part of church ministry for quite a while, and the one thing that I know that is consistent is change. The consistent love of and healing power of God fuses with life and all of its ups and downs. That is what I know for certain.
During this season of waiting, I am reminded to simply be present and allow God to direct my course as I lead a congregation through the expectation of celebration and spiritual renewal. My excitement is drawn from those whom I serve. I learn how to serve through the actions of those I serve. This idea of being still and allowing God to do God’s amazing handiwork captivates me and challenges me to continue to grow in faith and hope.
I have no idea where I will be this time next year. There is no telling what will happen. Life will continue to move forward, and God will be with me every step of the journey. That I know, the rest is up to God. Praise be to our God, who fastens us in His image. So, while we are faced with a world that can never offer us a consistent peace, my hope is that we may remember that even in this season of waiting for divine action, God is always with us in the middle of our struggles and victories.