“How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me? I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:12-13.
In every major journey in my vocational life, this psalm of thanksgiving resonates in my heart especially in major transitions like today. I sit here, having my cup of coffee, waking up from a day of farewells and the Sacrament of Confirmation. My heart feels very light for it is overflowing with gratitude to what God has done for me. Everything continues to be his gift.
From a whole bunch of children in Catholic School to a community of senior citizens on their golf carts … my time at Saint Joseph Parish in Lincoln has run its course. I continue to be amazed at how God can write a beautiful story to my life.
Once again, I learned not to take myself too seriously, I learned to continue laughing, to listen with a loving heart to a variety of circumstances, to ask pardon, eye to eye, when I have offended others, and to be gracious to those who may at times not be charitable. I will treasure the fact that every one journeys with Christ in different ways, some of us take a lifetime to foster holiness, some of us are walking saints who have never studied a theology book in their life, some of us are strong and some of us are docile. I’ve learned to reverence the journey of every individual and to find delight in it.
Even the joy of music has been something I’ve been able to celebrate during my short time with these beautiful people. I gave a concert in October and another in May to raise funds for our kids who are making their way to World Youth Day in Poland.
When I graduated from Mount Angel Seminary in 2010, the Abbot spoke words that have always stuck with me. He invited us to look back. As we descended the mount of the seminary, he invited us to glimpse back and give thanks to God for his gift. While these few pictures above are only a glimpse into the many people I have loved this year, looking back, whether figuratively or literally, allows me to bless God’s name for being so good to me.
Farewell, people of Saint Joseph, until we meet again. May our lives always be a reflection of God’s constant love and goodness toward us. I will miss you.