Happy New Year’s Eve!
What kind of year has 2018 been for you? Happy to see it go? Or wishing you could hang on to the good of it for a little longer? Perhaps you are a New Year’s resolution kind of person or maybe not so much?
I appreciate new beginnings of all kinds. I like Advent as the beginning of a new church year. I like the start of the new school year each fall … and every new seminary term. I even like the beginning of new spiritual practices with each Lenten season starting on Ash Wednesday.
So for me, New Year’s is yet another opportunity to begin again. On January 1 of 2018, I attended a women’s circle and we acknowledged and released the work and life of the previous year, and we leaned into the possibilities of the new year ahead. I took as my word and work for the year 2018: PURPOSE. That turned out to be just the right choice. Looking back this has been a year of renewing and fulfilling purposes that nourish me and serve the world.
The Three Minute Ministry Mentor is the fruit of many years of study, research and writing, but it is also the fruit of this year’s choice to own my deeply resonating purpose.
This week’s Episode of 3MMM is about “being there.” This is the essential idea for ministry that we bring ourselves fully into the lives of those we serve. Showing up, being there, is so important especially when those in our care need most to know the presence of the holy.
As ministers, I do not think we bring the holy or that we are the primary representatives of the holy. Rather I think the holy is already present in all situations. However, it is our calling to notice, to name and to point out the sacred in the situation. And that work is a purpose shared by most (if not all) who are called to ministry. As you will hear in this week’s story, it is a purpose which often must be learned.
To see earlier episodes of 3MMM visit the 3MMM page.