I suppose I thought some sort of contemplative mantel would fall on me once I was installed as a pastor but that miracle has not occurred. Quite the opposite is true. My pace has amped up ten times. And so has my need to hear from the Lord and walk by his Spirit. The only way to do that is to be awake.
We were a little nervous, as one always is when welcoming new people into your home. The couple and their two young children joined us for dinner and I could tell that they were a bit nervous too. They were dressed up in dresses and collared shirts, their children’s hair shining with styling gel and care. We all shook hands too hard and greeted too much, overly polite, covering our insecurities with eagerness.
In Southern California we’re still running our AC and snacking on ice cream in late October. But now it’s getting to be the time of year when the season finally changes. The mornings are dark and cool. The Santa Ana winds die down. The dates on the calendar and our own sadness creep up to remind us that children die and colonists take over. The crisp mornings are a smack of reality. We can’t live in summer forever.
Today marks one year since I started working for ENLACE. I figured it was a good time to share who we are and why I wanted to work here...Working with ENLACE has restored my faith in the Church. It reinforces that Jesus meant what he said and following him truly can change the world.