Do you have a favorite hymn or piece of music that makes you feel close to God? I have so many, and they’re usually tied to specific memories that are touchstones along my personal faith journey. For example, when I was working on the Navajo Reservation, the pastor at the local church adored “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” so now whenever I hear that I can picture Pastor Davis and smell the Arizona air and see in vivid detail the intricacies of the church where I spent so much of my time.
Lately I’ve been singing and humming “It is Well with My Soul” as I settle into the new year. (That’s hymn number 785 in our red books, in case you’re curious.) This year is only a few weeks old, but it’s been full of changes for me. I started here at Trinity on the 2nd, which has meant a lot of change to the routine my husband and I have had since we were married. It’s meant changing my whole morning routine, not to mention my evening and weekend routine. And through it all, I’m reminding myself that it is well with my soul.
No matter my season, your season, Trinity English’s season, Fort Wayne’s season...It is well. It is well as we start a new year. It is well as kids go back to school. It is well as we consider what steps to take in the direction of a family ministry that truly supports children and families as they learn to be disciples of Jesus and live a life that exemplifies this. There will be times where it is peaceful like a river. And there will be times when sea billows roll. And how amazing to think that through it all we can look up and say "It is well."
My role here at Trinity is to find a way to support the kind of faith that enables our young people to celebrate the peace and weather the sea billows and still look up and say “it is well.” A faith that can be tested and remain. I’m here, as are all of Trinity’s staff, to enrich and support your faith journey as a family - children, youth, adults, and comprehensive family unit. I hope to open the door to some new things and maybe reinvent some old things. I’m not entirely sure what that will look like, but I pray you’ll take the chance and come through the door, come along for the ride and maybe sometimes remind me that it is well.