As you know, we have many wonderful ministries here at All Saints. One of them that I am a part of is EFM (which stands for education for ministry). This course is designed to equip us with tools to minister to those whom we share this journey with. It is a program that I have benefited greatly from. The relationships I have developed, and the results they have brought about in my life are invaluable. My personal theology has not only changed, but I have matured spiritually.
The people who have participated in this program, as well as the other ministries within our community, have taken part in cultivating the loving atmosphere we have in our parish. The Spirit of the Lord is in this place, there is no denying that. The love we show one another is palpable. There is a healing grace in the DNA of All Saints and I have seen that grace transform many people's lives, including mine.
When God led Mike and I to All Saints, I was in an incredibly difficult time in my life, and the last thing I expected to receive was a family. In fact, once I left the church I grew up in, I decided to never go to church again. The God I had heard about there, I wanted nothing to do with.
I've listened to a lot of people's stories about how they found God. But in my experience, I didn't find God. I really had nothing to do with the miracle that happened. God came to me through all of you, and showed me that he has always been with me. A wise man once told me "God is closer than the air we breathe, all that is ever missing is awareness".
I am eternally grateful for what I have received at All Saints, and I am determined to give to others the love you all have given me. The path from the church of my childhood, to my home at All Saints has been difficult, but I wouldn't change a thing. Since you all have shared so much with me, here is a prayer that I want to share with you.
May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that we will live deeply in our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people and earth, so that we will work for justice and equity and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer, so that we will reach out our hands to comfort them and change their pain into joy.
May God bless us with the foolishness to think that we can make a difference in our world, so that we will do the things which others say cannot be done.
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