Farewell Blessing from Beth

“I thank my God every time I remember you!” –Philippians 1:3

Serving as your missioner at the Episcopal Student Center has unequivocally been one of the greatest privileges of my life. The trust you have afforded me to travel on this journey with you was certainly not deserved, but gratefully received each and every day. Perhaps one day I will write a book about all you have taught me along the way, because it would fill volumes. I will carry with me the deep and abiding faithfulness so many of you shared with me. Your commitments to God, to one another, to prayer – both when life was difficult and when it was beautiful, have stirred my soul. 

The miles we traveled, the questions we held, the songs we sang, the calories we consumed, and the people you are becoming still fill me with awe. We danced until we could dance no more after an Easter Vigil at a beer garten. You gave me the surprise of my life by presenting me with Lil’ Beth on my thirtieth birthday, and many times after. We learned to cook for and with one another, and shared too many sacred meals to count when the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. You have challenged me to hear what isn’t being said, and to look for who was missing from the table. We climbed to the tops of cathedrals in England and the bottoms of valleys in Kenya. The gift of a community that helps to magnify the presence of God in one’s life is too great to measure. You have been this community in my life. 

Moving forward, I will continue to tell the story of this place with the diocesan family and everyone whom I meet. Father Eric is going to be a spiritually grounded and bold leader in your midst – you are truly blessed! Bless him as you have blessed me. 

I will continue to, “Thank my God every time I remember you!” 

Blessings & Hook Thine Horns, 

Beth