This week I’m thinking about possibilities…

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Over the years I have developed a deep appreciation for Taize worship. If you are unfamiliar with this form of worship, I invite you to experience more of it here.

This past weekend I went to a Taize-styled worship. It was, as is my general experience, deep, thoughtful, Spirit-filled, and exactly what my soul was thirsty for… I just didn’t know it!

As most of you are already aware, I am getting ready to leave my post here at Celebration Lutheran after 19+ years of ministry with them. Both of our futures, mine in the Office of Bishop and theirs with a new pastor, are full of possibilities. Now, “possibility” is a neutral word, implying neither good nor bad. It just means something different or new.

As I sat in worship, we began to sing this song:

Take, O take me as I am.
Summon out what I shall be.
Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.

John L. Bell

As we chanted that song over and over, the possibilities of the future bent more and more toward a “good” bias. As those words sunk into my heart, I could feel God’s loving arms around me with all my faults and foibles lovingly embraced. I could sense that there was more, more that God knew I could do and be. And I prayed with all my heart in that God would live in me.

This is my prayer for you. Maybe you are a member of Celebration and concerned about the possibilities of the future. Maybe you are in a different place in the world and wondering where the future is leading for you. Maybe you are a student who doesn’t know what employment looks like in a COVID world. Maybe you are another pastor who wonders how you are going to take another weary step forward. Wherever you are: feel God’s loving embrace of who you are — right now — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Know that there is more; God has more and believes in more for you. And know that God is with you, always.

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