We often speak of our life as a book, where the more intensive transitions in time mark the shift from one chapter to the next. These intensive transitions are usually the result of:
* a change in relationship status
* a change in the family configuration (birth or death)
* a change in employment
* a change in residence (especially, a change in town/state)
I have journeyed through each of these transitions in the past 12 months.
After twenty-one years of desire, I was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Although it marked a joyful transition, it was a transition in my employment.
After three and half years of marriage, John and I decided to divorce. We continue to remain friends, but the decision has enabled us to be the people who (we feel) God is calling us to be.
John was deployed overseas when we decided to divorce. Therefore I remained in our house until December, when I moved into an apartment. This change in residence also included a change in towns.
After a time of increasingly failing health, my grandma Peggy, passed away in May. She was the last of my grandparents.
So, to recap:
Prior to June 2014, I was a married woman living with her husband (and at times a roommate). I was serving as the Youth Faith Formation Coordinator at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Olympia). And although my grandma was a challenge, she remained an important loved one in my life.
Now (July 2015), I am a single woman living alone (confession: it is GREAT at times). I am serving as the solo pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Kelso). And all my grandparents have now passed.
So, I beg the question. Is this a new chapter? Or is this another book, the second (third?) volume in a collection?
As these transitions have begun to settle, I have begun to settle more firmly into my new life, world, and reality.
(Hopefully, I will be more motivated and able to post regularly)