Since I’ve announced to my congregation that I’m leaving (see earlier post “Downshifting”), I have been thinking about good endings. I’ll blog about that soon and welcome your thoughts, meantime.
Meantime, I’m noticing the various gifts of ministry that I will miss. Two of them come to mind most forcefully:
1) the opportunity to live with a text in my head at all times (of course I can still do that but I think it may be different), and
2) the opportunity to see the “inside” of other people’s lives in the precise way clergy do (with the resultant gift of perspective).
I’m sure I’ll think of others as I go, I just wanted to capture these here and now.