I am thinking about how much I need community; honest
accepting community. That is what I have found with Up Town. I benefit so much
from being a part of this beautiful community of the broken. A dozen of us
ferried off to our annual vacation on Deer Island. We had a tremendous time
with one another in God’s creation. We ate really well. We drank gallons of
coffee. The bravest among us swam in the Bay of Fundy. We all were deeply
ministered to by God! The chosen theme was finding wholeness in Christ and it
proved to be an apt one. There were no injuries (and no kite flying). We spent
our days pouring out gratitude and came back even more thankful.
Next week I begin the new phase of my life as Community
Chaplain here in Saint John. My goal is continue to learn and grow in ‘community’.
The size of my community is expanding. The brokenness is everywhere! It will be
such a challenge. Someone asked me the other day if I felt up to this, my
response was “Of course not!” A friend took me out to coffee the other day and
I shared with him that I believe, with apologies to Hilary, that it takes a
community to raise a chaplain.
I have been invited to share at Stone Church’s Neighbourhood
Celebration tomorrow and I have asked some of my community friends to join me on
the platform as we share what God is doing in our lives through this community
of the broken.
I quietly and without fanfare leave my days at Taylor
College behind and press on into a new venture but it also feels like a
continuation of my journey. I will be learning to swim in a bit bigger pond. I
guess I’ll get in the same way I get into the Bay of Fundy. I’ll plunge in and