I’m also a Vicar in the ELCA. We’re the Fun Lutherans Who Love Everybody. After surviving divinity school, seminary, and a pastoral internship, despite my limitations as a recovering perfectionist, I’m now awaiting synod assignment, a congregational call and ordination.
I’ve navigated the past seven years of life change thanks to the advice of a close friend who shared with me the practice of centering prayer. Now most days I spend a few moments sitting still, in silence, listening for God’s voice. This is also known as contemplative prayer.
My experience, and the experiences of thousands of other contemplatives, tell me that the rewards of silence and stillness are limitless, powerful, and significant in their simple ability to teach us to release our selfish desires for control and praise. As the famous contemplative St Julian of Norwich once said, “All shall be well.” In centering prayer, we learn how easy it is to find our spiritual center, God, and trust God fully. Truly.
My life misadventures sculpted me into who I am today, and I share them here so that you may be encouraged by your own missteps as we tread a common path. Through friendship, in solidarity, we can lift each other up and embrace life. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your heart’s desire, because only you and God know what you can do, with God’s help. But each of us must take responsibility for our actions, as well as for our lack of action.
Follow your instinct and your passion. And pray, because I believe that God listens to us, whether we acknowledge God, or not. If you can’t sit still or be silent, well… singing, smiling, walking and helping others are forms of prayer, too. Trust me, I’m a Vicar…
I believe that the divine lives in each person, and like Saint Augustine of Hippo, I practice Faith Seeking Understanding. Understanding leads to tolerance, humility and justice, which in turn lead to Faith in Action, to respect the dignity of all persons, versus only those who look/believe/speak/think or act like us. We are all “us,” and I invite you to walk with me on this path we share, as we journey toward an experience of the Divine, our holy Center.