As my time with Grace-on-the-Hill comes to an end, I don’t think I quite have the words to capture how I feel. How can I adequately express how I feel at the end of this time that has had such a profound impact on my life? I have grown, failed, and been challenged in ways that I could not have anticipated when I first began this program almost 24 months ago. As my time here comes to a close, the only words I can seem to find to say are “thank you.” There are too many people to thank and too many experiences to name, but I can at least give it a try and trust that what emerges will be a sufficient sign of my gratitude for all that has been in these past two years.
I give thanks for:
- The opportunity to become part of this beloved St. Andrew’s community, and for the ways that you all have welcomed me into your lives and your own spiritual journeys
- EfM and all the incredible people I shared my journey with
- My internship experience at St. Andrew’s- for experience in everything from office administration to pastoral care
- Space to grow, question, try new things, and fail (and learn that it’s okay!)
- Loving members of the GOTH community and for the opportunity to share our lives; for meals shared and time spent in prayer; for laughter, tears, and everything in between
- My mentor Howard and all the wisdom he has shared with me
- Abbott’s supervision, and for the countless things she has taught me about parish ministry
- Leading chapel at St. Andrew’s School this year
- Time for retreat and rest, and for the opportunity to travel twice to SSJE to experience a taste of monastic life
- The opportunity to lead the Wednesday literacy class using the Bible, and for Kay McCall and her incredible support and wisdom in making this program possible
- Opportunities to learn how to do liturgy well, and for the opportunity to gain extensive liturgical experience
- Being a part of the St. Andrew’s softball team
This list feels woefully inadequate, but my hope is that it is but a small sign of the deep gratitude I have for all the experiences and all the amazing people who have made these two years so rich and life-changing. Above all, thanks be to God who led me exactly where I needed to be and gifted me with these two years.