The last two weeks of my life have been unlike any other two weeks that I can recall.
Two Mondays ago, I left my home in the morning, met up with several other students, got on an airplane and traveled about 30 hours (flying time and layovers, etc) to Windhoek, Namibia. We were heading to the Lutheran World Federation Assembly there.
We stayed there for 7 days and then jumped on some planes last Tuesday and arrived back in Pennsylvania last Wednesday – tired and exhausted, but happy about the trip. I promise that I’ll be writing more about the trip in upcoming posts – along with some pictures too. I’m still processing the trip.
I got a nap (mostly because I don’t sleep well on long plane rides), got to use a real sauna, and got a shower. I was then ready for the senior banquet – a fun even for seniors at the seminary who are ready to graduate.
Then on Friday of last week there was graduation. A truly historical event in its own right. First, every graduation is historic because the graduating class is added to the history of the institution. Second, this would be the last graduation of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The seminary will be merging with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia come July 1 to form United Lutheran Seminary. It’s been a long road for LTSG. I’m proud to be a part of the last class. Again, there are lots to process here.
Then on Sunday I had my call sermon – and the congregation voted to call me as their pastor. Beginning June 26th, I’ll be pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown, PA, USA. I’m pretty excited about this. And again, there’s plenty for me to process.
Because of all of these things, it’s taken me a bit longer than normal to get back to any type of routine with posting materials on social media and online. I haven’t been able to post a daily prayer or do my usual tweets about made up bible passages or do travel or theological posts here on the blog. I finally unpacked from Africa two days ago and I’m still working on going through the piles of paper on my desk to clear that off. I hope to start posting again tomorrow, but give me a little slack if I don’t – I’ll get there.
The next big thing is ordination – next Friday, June 2. Again, that will take some processing on my part.
And the biggest thing – figuring out the new normal. Classes are done, but I don’t start as pastor until the end of June. There is work that needs to be done around the house that I have been putting off for some time.
Let’s see what tomorrow holds. Blessings.