“Your Feet Will Bring You to Where Your Heart is” ….Irish Proverb
The metaphor of life as a journey has always spoke to me. To journey speaks not of the destination but of the walk. I have journeyed with First Christian Church Lawrenceburg for almost 10 years. I have been with them through so many of life’s milestones. What a joy and blessing our journey together has been. In less than a week I will begin a 3 month sabbatical. The church has granted me time to ‘walk away’ from my day-to-day ministry with them so that I can attend to my own spirit and hear with fresh ears the voice of God’s call. My heart’s desire has always been to follow the leading of God, in love, grace and joy. Thomas Merton once prayed: “I hope I will never do anything apart from the desire to please you. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I know nothing about it.” Thomas Merton’s prayer has become mine. I don’t know what path lies ahead. I do know that it is sacred.
Drawing from “The Sacred Path” by Lauren Artress, the theme of the sabbatical is “Walking the Sacred Path Together.” FCC Lawrenceburg and I have already been walking this sacred path together. This time of sabbatical renewal will give us both time to listen to God and to reflect upon the path we are called to share in the years ahead. I will spend time walking labyrinths, resting, spending uninterrupted time with family and trying very hard to not plan my days too specifically but to let them unfold. What happens will be what needs to happen.
First Christian received a grant from the Lily Endowment Clergy Renewal Program. The grant has made it possible for FCC to purchase our own portable canvas labyrinth and bring in guest preachers. While I am away they will have opportunity to experience their own labyrinth walks. They will be blessed by the presence and leadership of the Reverend Warren Lynn and Reverend Randy Kuss as they preach, teach and facilitate labyrinth walks.
The grant has also made it possible for my family and I to travel. Every place we travel will allow the opportunity for us to walk and experience a new labyrinth. We will travel to New Mexico, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Ireland, England and France. I will be blogging about our experiences, the paths we are walking and the Spirit that lead us. You are invited to follow our journeys as we walk this sacred path.
Peace and Blessing!