My journey is beginning with a little different plan than I originally had in mind. On this path called ministry, taking time to focus on rest and renewal is an important part of “sabbath time” or sabbatical. My intent had been to take most of this month as vacation time – recharging and renewing.
However, on June 23rd, at 6:31 pm., our family lost it’s anchor – with the sudden death of my mom. We miss her deeply – especially my dad – who lives with dementia, and a few other health concerns. Dad and mom were married June 22nd – 66 years of love. Dad’s world, our world, as one of my cousins said, is off kilter.
So, I know that these days, in addition to some time away with my spouse and son and daughter – very soon- will include some time in learning to live with the grief that has entered our world. I say “learning to live with grief” because in my experience in ministry, I have come to know that grief doesn’t ever end…it changes, as we live with it, but it is a part of the new world that becomes one’s reality when we loose someone we love.
Some of the musings you’ll find here will be related to that reality, and to the role of becoming one of dad’s primary care givers, along with one of my siblings. There are 5 of us, however only two of us live in Alberta, where dad lives.
Some of what I write will be reflections on my travels across the prairies, visiting congregations within the United Church of Canada, the church I serve, the church mom raised me up to love.
I hope you will join me on the journey.
Blessings and peace,