I wanted to get outside and walk this morning as I ruminate with these texts, for they invite movement. But alas, as the cold droplets of rain turned to sleet, I am relegated inside. So I sedentarily ponder this ministerial road on which we find ourselves, 90+ days in, preparing a way for Christ.
As I think about our journey together, Pilgrim, we taken off with great gusto. I pause at this particular juncture, though, realizing we have not had a map to guide our way. Ministry can be funny, it’s unfolding leads us to unexpected moments of wonder and challenge, as God moves in and through our midst, offering us glimpses of God’s hope, if we are alert. The season of Advent teaches us that God calls us to live in a state of alertness—alertness clothed in expectation and preparedness. Maps can help us do just that.
Standing with John at the Jordan this second Sunday of Advent, how interesting that we also close Pilgrim’s stewardship campaign to make way to birth Pilgrim’s budget for the coming year. I await with anticipation this process, for within the crunching of numbers, we are creating the map that will guide our journey together for 2018. So much more than numbers, our budget gives voice to our collective belief of how God is calling Pilgrim to be God’s beloved community in our place and time.