Psalms: 137, 144, 107
Old Testament: Micah 7:11-20
New Testament: 1 Peter 4:7-19
Gospel: Matthew 20:29-34
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a sermon of St. Augustine

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works (Ps. 104:31)

Holy crap! I don’t know about you, but the year has flown by for me…. and I’m feeling particularly nostalgic and reflective….

The more I turn it over in my head, I am struck how much has changed, and yet how much has stayed the same.

At the beginning of last year (liturgically) I started A Year in the Office mostly out of boredom and to instill some discipline for reading the Psalms….It has been an amazing and challenging experience…..and the discipline hasn’t always been there….but it has definitely given me a clearer picture both of what I believe and what I feel God is calling me to do.

I began the year with no job, no clear sense of direction…..and also kind of lonely. Now I find myself as a pastor of sorts not in one church but two …each of which has been filled with equal parts /WIN and /FAIL…..but I think that ratio could change as I gain more experience.

I am surrounded by people who love me, and supported by a woman who gives me strength to love boldly and who pushes me to stretch myself in ministry. I am so grateful and blessed!

Even better than my own spiritual growth–indeed, an integral part of it–has been being able to interact with people who have a similar passion and curiosity about prayer, theology, and our common Risen life together in community. πŸ™‚

For those who have contributed to the 22,000+ hits during the year….. THANK YOU!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ …..Without you this blog would be a mere blip on the Interwebz…..Same goes to those who have left comments….. YOU GUYS & GALS ARE ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!! . Meaningful discussion makes growth together that much healthier and engaging. πŸ™‚

For all the change that has come, one thing remains constant….the lifeline that prayer, reflection, and community that the Trinity has blessed us with….a lifeline which is given strength and substance by the Daily Office…….though hopefully if done right…not constrained or tied in knots by the ritual of it all πŸ˜‰

I plan on continuing this blog into Year 2 of the cycle and look forward with some anxiety, anticipation, and most of all excitement as to what might come our way.

May God indeed bless and keep us… reveal himself, to show his face, and bid us hail the dawn of grace. Alleluia! Alleluia! +