Thursday, July 03, 2008

Three years ago

St M's was crowded with friends and family.
Three years ago I was so nervous that I could barely speak until I found myself on the chancel steps where the President stands and heard a woman's voice saying clearly "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and ...."
Three years ago I realised that in offering absolution to God's people I felt myself more fully absolved than ever before
Three years ago I suddenly understood the reality that we do most truly "grasp the heel of heaven" during the Eucharist, as I became aware of my own personal cloud of witnesses, parents, teachers, writers, musicians who had been part of my journey to the point at which I could pray the Great Thanksgiving with and on behalf of them all.
Three years ago I presided at the Eucharist for the first time, a new priest, less than 24 hours old in my Orders, and realised what I am for.
How amazing and mysterious that something which is now the non negotiable core of my being is something that was new, that happened for the first time, just three years ago.
Thanks be to God!


Songbird said...

Remembering the day and the "view" from far away. May God continue to bless your ministry, K, and you.

God_Guurrlll said...

I am so glad that God called you into ordained ministry.

Happy ordainniversary. I wish hallmark made a card for this special occasion!

cheesehead said...

The Church is so much the better for it, I say.


DogBlogger said...

Amen and Amen!

Crimson Rambler said...

What we are for. Oh yes indeed! (Sponges and all, I suppose)

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversay and thanks for sharing the memories!

Sophia said...

This is wonderful. Congratulations. I pray I might feel this way when (God willing) that time comes for me too.

zorra said...

Amen! May God continue to bless your ministry--and you.

LutheranChik said...

Happy Anniversary! May you continue to feed the sheep for many more years to come!