As another Mennonite Convention ends, I am saying goodnight to the excitement of five days spent in worship, meetings, reunions, and conversation. In times past I have attended the convention as a representative of Goshen College. This time I just moved around the halls as the spirit led me, meeting relatives, former students and colleagues, conversing with new friends and old.
Old friends just grow stronger
Meet Janet. We’ve been friends since 1996 when we roomed with each other at the New President’s Seminar at Harvard University. She was the new president of Hollins College, and I was president-elect of Goshen College.
Janet and I enjoyed dinner together, reflecting once more on the amazing journeys both of us have been on since we first met. She is now a Mennonite pastor and has been a spiritual mentor, as well as friend, to me.
So, friends, thanks for continuing to share my New Beginnings and to share your own. I’m going to leave you for the next two days, taking a double Sabbath this time. That’s my New Beginning. Vacation among the red rocks and canyons of this beautiful desert country.
I will take with me these words wish for you many miracles in the next two days:
“The Miracles of the Church seem to me not to rest so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.”
― Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop