Thank you, my beloved congregation for the privilege of my renewal leave these past two months. Thank you, Pastor Mar and the leadership team, for leading and nurturing the people of Fields while I was away. During the time away, I visited several churches for worship, spoke to numerous people along the way, prayed for every person of Fields by name daily, spent more time with family, read more than I have been able to do for years, caught up on chores around the house, and most importantly, learned how to “consider.” For so long I have been in a rush, often times sojourning with doing little more than offering a passing glance to those I “passed by;” I had things to do and places to go after all! Yet God had other ideas, reminding me what is truly good and wonderful, fulfilling and awe-inspiring. In other words, I took the time to truly “consider” what God has offered to me and the people of God; I was awe-struck by what I found! I “considered” my calling to preach the Good News with the confidence of a child of God; I “considered” my calling to walk with those in need and the blessings bestowed and received; I “considered” my calling to family, transitioning Dad to a new chapter of his life, moving Abby to her first apartment, celebrating what was and what is to come and even more deeply fell in love with my beloved Laurie, Kelly, Abby, and even our wild puppy Tucker; I “considered” my calling to offer grace in every circumstance and to every person regardless of my personal opinion; I “considered” my calling and what it means to be ordained within the United Methodist Church and the charge the Bishop gave me twenty three years ago to “take authority” within the charge to which I am appointed. I “considered” our shared calling to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” When Jesus calls us to “consider,” it is a calling to look to all things created with the eyes of a child, in awe, wonder, and thanksgiving. To “consider” is to have fun in life, to actively choose to celebrate all that is good rather than dwell on what was or the negativity which at times rears its ugly head. In God-speak, “considering” is focusing “solely” on God and recognizing each of our calling to fully live out our faith in love, hope, grace, and joy. As we begin our 9th year in ministry together, let us fulfill our shared calling by what-ever means necessary, with the same joy that Jesus shared with all people. Let us together even more deeply fall in love with God. God is incredibly good, all the time. I am excited, I am pumped, I am ready, I am committed to sharing the Good (no the amazing) news of Jesus Christ to our community, nation and world.