And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
~ Matthew 4:19
It has been over twelve years since Jesus placed these words on my heart. I have lived in four homes: in Westwood, Paso Robles, Reseda and now Rossmoor. I left a career in professional, international opera production; entered seminary, and took a job as a youth director. I met and married my husband, and we now parent two children together. My mother shared her cancer diagnosis, fought bravely through two stem cell transplants and died.
It has been a journey like none other; like none that I expected; like none that I would have designed.
Last Sunday, I announced to the Los Altos UMC and the four other churches that have known me and supported me in recent years, that I have been recommended for Ordination as an Elder and Full Membership in the Annual Conference. I am relieved; I am exhausted; I am full of joy; I am full of thanks. And, I am reminiscent as I sift through the liminal moments on this journey, remembering acquaintances and close loved ones; seminary classes; significant transitions; and friends gained and lost along the way.
Through it all, again and again, through the doubts and affirmations, the challenges and struggles and joys, too, I hear Jesus’ words to me: “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Ancient words that call us all. Ancient words that call each one of us to God’s ministry with the world; ancient words that remind us of the mountains of work that has been done by the saints who came before us ... and the mountains of work … that is yet to be done.
I never, ever thought or dreamed that God would call me (!) to ordained ministry. Yet, here I am … fishing for people. And, I see now that I never, ever could have known such peace, such a deep and whole peace in my heart without first following Jesus and listening to God’s call.
Your sister in Christ,
Special Invitation to the Ordination Ceremony
Saturday, June 20, 7:30 PM
Chapel @ University of Redlands Redlands, California
All are welcome. All are invited. All means All.