The season of Lent for our household has been trying something new. If you have followed the recent blogs, then you know most of the ‘new’ covered here has been to release podcast interviews with various spiritual leaders. Three more will be coming in the next weeks. Each interview focuses on a different aspect of how we serve, how we are called, and new responses.
Trying something new has also been deeply personal. First, we moved to a new city. Now every trip to the grocery store, gym, and church is new. Goggle maps is our constant companion. All the sounds of our environment are new. The on-ramps and off-ramps whether that is a turnpike or a personal relationship are new. The people we see on the street are new. The dog has a new daily routine and so do we. Second, we moved from a four bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment. Significantly downsizing will sets new priorities. Third, we have a new stage in the chronic illness of one of our family members. We are shedding the heavier, darker and familiar layers of uncertainty for the lighter, more colorful textures of hope. We are glad to be free of the heavier and darker. And, the colorful and lighter does not fit quite right yet. Fourth, to enter this new stage in an ongoing and uncertain illness, we are newly more disciplined practitioners of L.E.A.P., which stands for Listen, Empathise, Agree, Partner. This conversation process places the listener outside the frame of what you think is normal. Instead, you listen for what your conversation partner is describing as normal. The new discipline is holding both realities in tension so that as listener you can discover new ways to agree and new places to partner And finally, I am a new practitioner to regular commuting, by air. Most of my church position have been within either walking distance or a short drive. Now I fly, almost every week.
On Easter Monday my life truly does feel new. The ‘new’ does not spring from the many transitions that created new practices. The new practices are the result of trusting in the presence of a living Christ so that I could let go of what has been and begin using what is now and at the same time new, unfamiliar, and not-yet comfortable. None of these transitions have happened at the same place or with the same intensity, and, all of them beckoned me into new life. What is beckoning you?