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one thing

Well, I’ve done it. After five years, I finally graduated from seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. I feel greatly relieved to have reached this milestone. If you’ve been following me lately, you know I have kind of dropped off the face of the planet for the past month… there are lots of reasons for this, but mostly I’ve just been relaxing, taking a serious break, doing work on and around the house, giving my mind and my soul a rest.

Five years ago, I wrote these words:

I am excited to begin. I am hopeful for what will come. I know very little of what I will be in four or five years when this phase of the Journey is complete. I trust that God will take care of all my needs in this span, and I hope to be readily dependent on his grace and love in the coming months and years.

God has been faithful to me – to us. The Lord has seen us through a wedding ceremony, three moves, a new home, job losses, new living arrangements for new jobs, and a new car (out of necessity). And never have we had to worry about where the mortgage payment will come from, nor how we will find our next meal. All of our needs have indeed been provided. If nothing else I realize how much more “dependent on his grace and love” I will need to be in the next few months and years, as compared to the past five.

Since my time in seminary has come to a close, it’s fitting that this blog be renamed to something more appropriate. In a recent meeting of a small prayer group which I attend, I was reminded of this prayer of the psalm-writer:

The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:1-4)

One thing. No matter what happens in the future, no matter what has happened in the past, only one thing truly matters: seeking the face of the Lord and dwelling in his house forever.

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