Sometimes I write things on the interwebz. Mainly on Facebook, really, but sometimes those things get picked up and shared or published elsewhere, and then I lose track of them and I can’t find them and I can’t track how my own heart and thinking are developing, and how the communities with whom I’m in relationship are shaping that evolution. So, it makes sense to try to put these musings all in one place, and the (older millennial and younger Gen Xer) kidz tell me blogs are a good way to do that.
Also, I have ALWAYS been a terrible journaler. Maybe it has something with being an extravert whose mind does processing out loud far better than on paper; maybe it’s just that I’m not disciplined enough; maybe it’s that I’d rather be in conversation with others than with myself. I completely recognize the power of a regular writing practice for reflection and clarity, and I admire people who are able to write–whether in journal or more public form–on the regular. So, #lifegoals, maybe having this thing out there publicly will hold me accountable to some sort of writing discipline in community with others.
And a final note: the name of the blog is from a poem called “Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer: A Step Along the Way,” written by Catholic Bishop Ken Untener in 1979 for a service commemorating priests who had died. It is sacred text to me–it was one of the readings at my ordination, and I come back to it often as a guide and an exhortation for the kind of ministry (official and unofficial) I’d like to do. The full text of the poem is:
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Excited to be planting seeds, laying foundations, providing yeast with all of you.