Reflections from the Rector - December 2018
Thank you so much for my oil stock. It is so fitting that, for the rest of my life, I will carry an oil stock that was given to me by St. Luke’s. St. Luke is known as a healer, and in bearing the name of St. Luke, we are sent out to be healers in a sin-sick world. It is my joy to be able to be with you, as priest and pastor, and especially to sit beside you with healing prayers and oil during your times of need. Following in the way of St. Luke, I pray you will invite me into the times and places of your pain, so that I can offer you the gift you have given to me.
Thank you so much for my white stole. Again, it is so fitting that, for the rest of my life, I will be able to wear a stole handcrafted by a Native American artist. I really feel like an Okie now! Even more than that, the stole you gave me is white. The color white draws us to reflect on some very special things: baptism, burials, marriage, saints, and the Great Vigil of Easter, just to name a few. Baptisms, marriages, and burials are liturgies of new life, and we celebrate new life and new ministry here in Ada! By giving me the color white, the color of Easter, I am reminded that I am not only home here in Ada, but I am brought home in each of these liturgies. I am reminded that I find my eternal home in the Body of Christ—the place where I call each of you my family.
So again: thank you for welcoming me here. I am inspired and moved by the work we are already doing, and I trust that God will pave the way for us to continue to show God’s love to the people of Ada. This is a very special place, full of very special people, and I am honored to be with you.
In this, the season of Advent, I find myself waiting in quiet expectation because I do not know where God will lead us. It is a strange excitement, this trust we are called to follow. I only know one thing—that God will come for us. Emmanuel—God will be with us. That is the good news of this season, of this day, the good news of every day. May we proclaim to the world that God has come for us through the ways that we share God’s healing and how we invite others into the resurrecting love of God that warrants celebration!
With love and gratitude,