Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
I write this as Chris and I are enjoying our first week back from a wonderful vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We enjoyed time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where we have spent many, many years together as a family.
What always amazes me and fills me with wonder while there is the constant display of God's creative power, the beauty of God's creation, and the daily cycle of incarnation, death, and resurrection. I'm not sure why, exactly, the daily cycle on the Outer Banks speaks to me so differently than the normal daily cycle in other places, but it does. Maybe it is the vast expanse of space between the horizons in front of and behind me. Or maybe it is the fact that it seems like I can see half of the world at one time and am able to see God's creativity, God's power, and God's gentleness all at one time.
Every morning comes with it an incarnation, a being made new, the embodiment of God in God's creation. The ocean is different, the surf is different, the sky, the wind, the sand is different. All have been made new and as such I am again experiencing God's creation in new and exciting ways. As the day draws to a close, darkness fills our dome of God's creation and we know that soon resurrection and incarnation soon will follow and we are blessed.
While at the beach I heard from Melissa, one of the undergraduate students at Sewanee who I mentored while being a leader in the Lilly Discernment Program, a program designed for young people who are discerning a call to ministry, social work, or non-profit work. Melissa shared with me that she has decided to serve God and The Episcopal Church by being a missionary with the Young Adult Service Corps in Bogota, Columbia.
This student shared with me the following, "I am in the process of discovering how hard it is to raise support and how much effort it takes: a learning lesson indeed. I guess it's all part of this continuous process of discerning and discovering about myself and what it takes to follow God." This really is a call to serve God where God is calling you and during these times "incarnation" occurs all around us." Another comment struck me very powerfully, Melissa writes, "The biggest lesson I learned [from previous mission work] was this: When my passions and desires coincide with God's will for my life, it's a beautiful thing."
Melissa IS the future of The Episcopal Church, our world, the nation, and our communities. I know that with young people like Melissa we are continuing in good hands to the place where God is calling us all to be: To be reincarnated People of God open to the amazing creation that we have all been called to serve.
Peace & Blessings,
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