As one of my good friends likes to say, “Moving is a great adventure!” Though it can be difficult to say goodbye to people and places we have come to know and love, an adventure filled with new people and experiences lay before us. I have found this to be true each time I have traveled on and found a new place to call home. I reflect on this now as God (and the Bishop) have invited me to come live and minster among you. There is excitement and a little nervousness as I say yes, but experience and my heart remind me of the upcoming adventure of it all.
We also open ourselves to a great adventure when we choose a life of following Jesus Christ. Our path of discipleship is not a static one, but one in which we are on the move. God continually calls us to leave behind our former ways, and perhaps places, and follow Christ more fully. There are times when it is a challenge or even frightening. Other times are easier and more joy filled. Through it all, we are reminded of the nearness of our God. We are never left on our own. Not only is God always with us, but others are given to us to share the journey.
And so, friends, I happily welcome this opportunity to walk with you. Thank you for the warmth of your welcome. I look forward to getting to know you as together we continue. Let the adventure begin!