Looking back, I remember the day I was ordained to the priesthood, June 22, 1991. Even though it is over 25 years ago, I remember it so vividly. I received many gifts that day, and one of the most meaningful was a framed calligraphy that was written by my spiritual director at the time, The Rev. Dennis H. Warner. He had stood by me while I stumbled through the final stages of the ordination process, and was there by my side to “vest me” on my ordination day and to share these words of wisdom that have upheld me for these many years.
“For all that has been, Thanks+++For all that will be, Yes.” He chose this quote of Dag Hammarskjold especially for me. He wanted me to always remember to give thanks for everything in my past…the good, the bad and the ugly. He also wanted me to look ahead to the future, with open arms, and embrace the days ahead with a great big “Yes”!
I can’t think of a better way of framing this coming year. The future looks so uncertain and at times downright scary. But whatever it holds, its time to say “Yes”!
I give thanks for wise women and men who have mentored me and for family and friends whose love I cherish. I give special thanks for my husband and children who were there with me twenty five years ago and who are with me still. Who knows what we will each experience during 2017. Whatever lies ahead, may we feel secure in our love of one another and our faith in God to see us through.
The key word for me this year of 2017 is Trust. Trust that the God who created us will sustain us. Trust that the many experiences we have had in the past will guide us as we move into the future. And personally, I have come to Trust that God has already given me all that I need for the weeks and months and years ahead.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4 RSV