listen Tin CanToday’s Word: ‘aware’ as in…

Frederick Buechner, in his book, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation, continues to challenge me with these words of invitation:

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Buechner’s call to encounter life, through all five senses, has resonated with me for decades. Each day, however, I am faced with the challenge of listening well enough. Either I don’t know how to listen carefully enough, or I don’t set aside the time often enough to listen at the depth necessary to hear even the faintest echoes of the fathomless mysteries of God’s movement in my life.

Or both.

I desire, now more than ever, to embrace the challenge of Buechner’s invitation and to live out my continued call to ministry in new, deliberate and sustained ways. My heart’s desire for this sabbatical is to dwell in the “fathomless mystery” of life and to listen more carefully to the rhythms of God’s grace; so that I am better able to see, touch, taste and even smell my way to the holy and hidden heart of it all. By Stepping Back, Stepping In and Stepping Forward, I will be far better equipped to steward the gifts and wisdom of my years in ministry, drawing upon the best of what has been, preparing me best for what is yet to be, as I pass along to others the absolute best of a lifetime of key moments.



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