It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been swamped, and frankly, I haven’t had much inspiration.
But today, is the day.
Today, I’ll travel from my home in Delmont to Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wheeling, West Virginia. While there, I’ll meet with the professional candidacy committee shared by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod and the West Virginia/Western Maryland Synod of the ELCA.
The committee will have in front of them reports from all the various steps I’ve taken through the last 9 months: my personal statement, application for candidacy, psychologist’s report, report from my initial interview with Pastor Gleason and the findings from the extensive and thorough background checks. We’ll engage in a dialogue about my discernment, and my sense of call, and by the time I get back on the interstate to head home, I should have a decision, and will hopefully be an official candidate for ordained ministry in the ELCA.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some anxiety over this. All of three days before I leave for camp for the summer, I could be told that I need to wait another year, that my plans for the fall are irrelevant. I don’t anticipate having problems, or being held up, but it’s still something I’ve thought about. I think I have a healthy amount of anxiety over today’s interview, I think it would be unhealthy to NOT be anxious about something this big.
And so, I ask for your thoughts and prayers. That I might safely get to (and from) Wheeling this afternoon and that the Holy Spirit might help me express myself in answering the questions.
Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.