Thinking about…

Pentecost.  Yes, this is an official church-nerd-out-of-control post.

Well, maybe not.  Maybe it is just me being sentimental.  You see, this Pentecost Sunday (May 27, 2012) will be the second anniversary of my licensing by the Calvary Baptist Church (you can read about it here).  That day was the beginning of many wonderful changes for me.  And as I embrace the remembrance of that first Pentecost again this year, I am about to step off on yet another adventurous  path along the way.  I have been accepted to the program in Christian Formation at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.

I have no idea where I am going, but I must say that I don’t seem to worry about it as much as I did.  That is probably because  I have such amazing role models and also because of the support of those around me, like my small group, and my friends, and the amazing people in our congregation.

I am blessed with so much.  I am so lucky.

On that day, two years ago, a most beloved person spoke these words to me as she hugged me after the laying on of hands that is a part of that blessing:  “Do you feel the weight of it all yet?”.  And the answer, dear friends, is yes.  I think I have always felt the weight of it.  The difference is that now, I feel that weight as yet another blessing; I understand just a little bit more about what that weight is calling me to do and who it is calling me to be.

So come this Pentecost, I’ll stand again and join with my community as we tell the story of the birth of the church. I may even sing a song or two.  And I will remember what has come before, both in my life and in the story of faith that preceeded me…and I will open my arms again to what is to come.

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