The verse of scripture that has carried me through the past year is this one:
“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for God who has promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
I am just days away from the beginning of my final semester of seminary at the University of Dubuque, just months away from receiving my Masters of Divinity degree, just perhaps half a year or so from a future I can barely imagine in my mind, because it so unknown still. You have been in a similar place at some point in your life, no doubt. You may not have anticipated the season of unknown for four years like Jason and I have, but sometimes transitions come and we simply do not know what comes next.
But I do know this: the One who has promised is faithful. Even when I can’t see where the arc of the story is headed, God does, and as I stick close and keep awake and stay the course faithfully, God will turn the pages of the book we’re writing together in due time. The same is true for you. If you’re living in a moment of unknown future, if you’re living day to day just trying to get to the next part of your story, if you’re completely content with your life and hope the current season lasts forever, the Lord of your story is faithfully leading you onward and has a perfectly trustworthy plan and purpose for you.
Jason and I are so grateful for all of you who have contributed to these seminary chapters of our story. Some of you have served in necessary official roles, as session liaisons to the Presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry, or as participants on my Supervised Practice of Ministry committee here at the church. Some of you have written scholarship recommendations or have given to the church scholarship fund. Some of you have given gifts directly to Jason and I, or have saved your change for my education fund. Many of you have offered consistent encouraging words, have taken the time to help me identify my particular gifts for ministry, and have faithfully prayed for us. Some of you have hung with me for years, patient with my mistakes, tolerant of my insistence that we try new things, enthusiastic about serving side by side in many different ministry opportunities. And regarding the five pastors I have served alongside–I’m so glad that they each have taken the time to mentor me, have willingly encouraged me to preach as often as I wanted, have challenged me to grow, have cared for my soul and my family, and have given me words and ideas and good examples of what it means to pastor a church.
God is such a good story-crafter.
With Love and Gratitude,