“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.”
A Word of Hope
This became true in my life recently. It’s no surprise that the pandemic has caused an upheaval of change for quite a few months. The church has had to change considerably, creating new ways to serve the congregation and re-structuring some established traditions and ministries. We’ve had months to think outside the bricks and mortar confines of the local church and to push the restart key with the ending of some ministries and the beginning of others.
My membership in the Order of St. Francis and St. Clare, however, has not changed, but refocused. It is a life-vow, with my primary commitment to the church these days being the writing of devotions since there is presently no Reflect service or other in-person activities that paused last year.
Certainly, I’ve always had a warm spot for teaching, especially teaching children. That started in a Dallas area Bible church and continued at the Cathedral of Hope where we reshaped our thinking with an inclusive, gender balanced approach that we never considered in other church experiences. As I have now moved on from those ministry duties, I know what the children taught me all those years will never leave me.
I began considering this was not actually an ending but a brand-new beginning with possibilities of a broader audience and the focus on getting our stories out to the generations of the future. I had been given the opportunity to rethink future goals and consider what I would love to add to my dormant bucket list. Energy flows where energy goes and God’s energy flows forever. When I found myself with more time in my current situation, the phone started to ring. God was at work. In a matter of a couple days I was receiving phone calls and emails from current and former clients wishing to begin new projects while restarting projects that were left behind a year ago.
Along with that, one of our original Sunday school students from years ago (now an ad agency executive) contacted me about beginning a brand-new project using our curriculum. God’s floodgates had opened. They have yet to close. That’s when I remembered that Louis Lamour quote.
What new beginning is God working out in your life? Just be still and listen….
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love God, who have been called according to the Divine purpose. Romans 8.28
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare