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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Ken Stanczyk, Director of Adult Ministry
“The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1)
Well, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as God’s call to Abraham, but I did feel that the Holy Spirit was guiding us in our decision to move from Plymouth and relocate here in Grafton. I have really enjoyed working here at St. Joseph, and my wife, Marcy and I have really felt welcome here. This past April, Marcy and I found a condo that we liked and put an offer on. As with many such transactions, what followed was not always the smoothest ride, in fact much like a roller coaster: there were the offers and counter-offers, the appraisal, the inspection, the realization of the smallness of the living quarters, the dealings with the banks, and that was just on the condo end. We also had to get our home ready for sale. After 19 years and two children, that was not an easy task. We had always had enough room, so we saved everything and just stored it somewhere. Now, as empty nesters, we needed to finally clean it out and determine what to keep and what to get rid of. At times this all seemed very overwhelming. In the midst of this, Marcy and I often wondered if we were doing the right thing.
One beautiful Spring morning, we decided to hold our pastoral staff meeting outside. I must admit that I do not remember much about the meeting itself because of all the condo details that were swirling inside my head. In the midst of all of this, suddenly, like the eye of a hurricane, I felt a sense of peacefulness. I have felt that peacefulness previously in regards to major decisions in my life, such as leaving the seminary life, and later on, marrying Marcy. It is a sense of peacefulness that has put me at ease with a decision. It is as if God is telling my soul something. This sense has led me well in the past, so I have learned to trust it. Many difficulties continued to crop up in our pursuit of the condo and our selling of our house, but I used that morning as my North Star, and continued to have faith in it.
Well, here we are three weeks after the move. The boxes are not nearly all unpacked, but we are moved in. I’m not sure what the future holds, but so far, so good, and I trust that the Lord will continue to guide me. Abraham was 75 years old when he was told to move. I’m not quite that old, but I now appreciate how difficult it can be to move when one is older. It also helped me appreciate how difficult it must have been for my parents to move from the home in which I grew up. Still, we too must follow the example of Abraham and trust the Lord to where he guides us.
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.