I’m here this week as part of the “St Jude Life Study” Program started here several years ago. Click here to learn more about this program.
What a joy and privilege it is to be here! It is a kind of homecoming for me. The depth of hope, care and compassion here is palpable. To paraphrase John Wesley, my heart is strangely warmed in this place.
Speaking as an alumnus who started my journey here over 45 years ago, this place is Holy Ground.
Though it’s been a rough road at times, my call to ministry started here. With help of this caring community, the pain and vulnerability I experienced through cancer, began to teach me of a deep power in hope and new eyes of gratitude. Now I’m convinced, that through God’s grace, and our gratitude, there is a fresh vision that can penetrate through our daily business and boredom. And it can give each of us as individuals and as a community, a renewing spirit and a clarity of calling. It makes me wonder how we as a church might be more aware and present to this awesome gift of life all around us, and God’s very personal call to us as we live out our lives.
I would love to hear your thoughts… and will say more about this next week.
In the mean time, here is a picture of the labyrinth I walked and prayed on several times while here…
(And a “shout out” thanks to Dace Sultanov, and her dear friend, Aileen Hummel, who passionately played cello and piano for us during the Chapel Communion Service at 10:30 am on Pentecost Sunday. I’m excited that we will have Jeff Donahue and Trish Hill sing for us at 10:30 communion service this Sunday! Come join us for this 25 minute oasis for being present in sacred, “kairos” time.)
Blessings on your journey,