June 10, 2018
Texts: Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I’m happy to have a chance to share with you in a teaching right before I make a major transition in my life. I am leaving the Washington, D.C., area after 27 years and moving to the small city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. (Yes, it officially is a “city.”) I will pack up my things and move on July 2. In mid-August I will start a new job as an English teacher at Harrisonburg High School. I have loved this faith community and grown a lot by being connected to many of you over the last 13 years. Your support has seen me through a couple of major transitions in my life. I’ve appreciated so much the annual silent retreat and emphasis on being attentive to our inner journeys, not just our outward actions. And I’ve had a lot of fun with you.
In November I gave a teaching about how I was asking the question, “How can I be useful to God?” I reflected then on how I was feeling burned out as a teacher in DC public schools. I focused on scripture from 1 Thessalonians about how God “tests our hearts.”
I decided to look for a new job and I hoped that I would be able to find one at my age.