Walking The Way
Welcome to September and no doubt with it some fabulous weather as our slightly damp children return to school! As a new season begins, I thought it might be a good opportunity to formally welcome my brilliant new curate, Jenny, to the Parish by handing this month’s blog over to her – so here she goes:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, having moved to join the Widcombe family in July. Previously I lived in Frome, but have come here via two years at Trinity College, Bristol. Harvey, my house rabbit, has joined me and helps me to feel smug when I leave the grocery shop with bags of extra vegetables…!
I used to work for Somerset NHS as a children’s speech and language therapist, which I loved. Having always known it would be an occupation for a season and not for life, I discerned the call to leave the profession to train for ordained ministry in the Church of England nearly five years ago. It was a clear call for me, but the journey towards that day of being ordained deacon at Wells Cathedral required a great deal of overcoming: of fear, of inaccurate sense of identity and of illness (I developed post-viral chronic fatigue for a few years). I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey, even though for the most part the destination to this curacy was unknown. It has been a time of learning more about myself and the radical, unconditional love of our Father God and the extraordinary work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in setting us free. Step by step God has, and continues to lead me into becoming more fully the person He created me to be.
At the end of July, having been introduced to the people and ways of Widcombe, I took a step back to reflect on the transition to this new season in my life. I joined a friend to walk part of the Camino de Santiago, the way of St James – a pilgrimage route across northern Spain. The section I joined was predominantly across the Spanish meseta plain (where, contrary to Professor Higgins’ insistence, there was no rain!) It consisted of long straight paths with panoramic horizons. It was an ideal landscape for finding a walking rhythm and reflecting on what it means to truly ‘wait’ on the Lord – to focus on Him, Jesus The Way, and then to walk in that way.
God has a call and purpose for each of our lives in our varying circumstances using our unique gifts and experiences. That call may alter from season to season so, as we enter the autumn and the new academic year, may I encourage you to pause, reflect and invite God to show you the way He has set before you.
…And THANK YOU all for the warm welcome and encouragement I have received since arriving!