Well the week before Christmas. How on earth did it get to that?
It's been a long year - in some ways one of the hardest of my life, certainly there is no doubt one of the most fruitful in terms of personal growth ... and for that reason I would say one of the best years of my life.
There are many things in my life which are in waiting stages, labour stages or have arrived ... the birth narrative not only is being remembered in my environs and life - but in many ways in my various communities it is a lived story.
There are many ways in my own life where the dawn really has come - it really is a new day and things really have been birthed in me. That is very very real. However, there are others ways in which I am waiting to know and understand how things will turn out or come about, or even waiting for myself to make some decisions. In those things I guess I mostly feel like it's the kind of active waiting of middle of a pregnancy - or maybe getting to the time when someone stops work and where people are thinking crazily about prams and all those kinds of things.
(and when they are scatty like blonde haired friends of mine - oops I'm in trouble now ... just as well she doesn't live anywhere near me ...)
In my key communities life, we are in a very troubled time. It really is the hard work of labour. This has taken much of my thoughts, emotional energy and time over the last week or so ... and will probably take more room over coming weeks on this blog.
And my job - overseeing missions for SU ... mission teams so are in the birth stages ... it's so almost time, but not quite ... are we ready? Oh no, we haven't done that ... What do we do about that?
17 beach missions happening around Victoria this summer - most exciting but now in those last minute preparation stages ... most definately late stage pregnancy!
Over the coming weeks my plan is to write about some thoughts about Solace, thoughts about mission (related but not specifically about the 12 missions I'm visiting over the coming weeks) and also some thoughts around Christmas and the new year. Phew! stay tuned!!!
who knows you might even get a guest blog or two!!!