Ever since my interview to be the pastor of an actual brick (literally, brick) and mortar (and people) church went well, I’ve been intensely cognizant of the fact that, left to my own devices, I am not cut out for this. And that Someone has clearly directed me here, because I also wasn’t looking for it. So I am really excited, and I have a ton of ideas (I always have ideas, guys), because like a former colleague’s favorite Bible verse says,
Unless the Lord builds the house,(Psalm 127:1, NIV)
the builders labor in vain.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. It’s scary! But if I’m doing something that I can’t handle but God has asked of me, then I have to trust that in fact, He’s going to do it, and I know that He can do a lot more than I ever could. So I’m excited to see what He does–both at the in-person church, and with the Pilgrimage, because He seems to be setting things up quite significantly there these days, too. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do sometimes make New Year’s prayers of a sort, and yesterday I ran across this verse “by accident.” Suddenly, it’s my verse for the year, as I hope it describes not only what has been true about me and the church and the Pilgrimage, but also what will be, this year and beyond. You’re welcome to pray it, too.
Happy New Year, dear pilgrims. May God do for us (and to us, and through us) all our works. And may it be, somehow, all His work in the end.