As a new colleague was ordained to ministry of word and sacrament tonight, there was a real sense of anticipation and excitement. Who knows what the future will bring or where the journey will lead? As I reflected on the joy of beginnings, I was also giving thanks for that stage on the journey that is not just as scary but is still a challenge. That stage where the terrain is slightly more familiar yet also full of surprises. And, as we traverse familiar paths and embrace new horizons, we are carried aloft by the unpredictable Spirit of God, blowing where she will, creating mischief, encouraging playfulness, remaining dependable in every changing landscape. Thanks be to God.