"As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you O God."
Covered in the season of waiting, of silence, winter is definitely among us. Although we do not have the pleasure of opening our doors wide and meeting the gaze of a deer, who returns our inquisitive glance with one of their own, we have the joy of delighting in childhood rituals of sledding down hills, tossing snowballs at our friends, falling with glee to the earth making snow angels and many, many trips to our local coffee house for steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
As the new year made its appearance in our lives, so did the seminary community come alive once more after weeks of serenity and quiet. It has been a welcome site to walk outside and see a familiar face or two emerge greeting one another with delightful smiles and more importantly, a restful spirit.
It is if time is in limbo for the moment , where we collectively as a community are rushing from one class to another, our days are filled with taking a week of J-term classes, traveling to different colleges and universities to bring the unmistakable spirit of LSTC home to those pondering entering these hallowed halls, catching up on leisure reading and outings with friends. We as seminarians, have finally allowed ourselves to "stop and smell the roses" so to speak.
"To you O Creator, we embrace the blessing as the Earth stills for our community and this city. Guide our souls to reach out in prayer and thanksgiving, as we reach out to those who are forgotten, gathering them close to the hearth, where your Love, Mercy and Grace abides. In your name we pray...Amen."