As I get ready to move to Asheville and begin as pastor of a new church, I’m starting to develop a list of questions. I know that these types of existential questions can only be answered by looking within, but I thought that if I wrote them down it would help me to think more clearly.
Will I have to buy a Subaru? Will I have to grow facial hair? Will I have to start drinking so much beer that I will be able to tell the difference between a hoppy IPA and a red ale in a blind taste test? Will I still be able to use off the shelf soap from a grocery store? Will I have to replace all my furniture with that made of steam-twisted branches with the bark still on? Will I need to learn all the zodiac signs? Do I get to wear outdoor gear everyday? Will I be able to see wild bears?
Will the people there seek to love God with all of their heart and soul and mind and strength? Will they know forgiveness for themselves and be able to share it with others? Will faith power them into their community and world? Will they take responsibility for their own joy? Will they let their pastor figure things out with them or at least develop better questions together? Will they prefer adventure over safety? Will we seek and trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Lord give me the grace to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with you.
Micah 6:8 (CEB): He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
Son, Brother, United Methodist Pastor, Husband, Dad