Friday, February 22, 2008

I've been a Deacon for a year! Ordination Anniversary

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

It seems these days time flies weather you’re having fun or not. People say the older you get the faster time seems to pass. Well I can attest that this past year has past in a bluer. February 10, 2008 marked the first anniversary of my ordination as a permanent deacon. I don’t know where the time went. It seems like yesterday we were preparing for ordination.

It has been quite a year, marked by many firsts. Homilies funerals penance services adult education classes to name a few. Did I learn any thing during my first year? Yes, here are a few lessons that come to mind.

1. I could not have been faithful to my calling without the loving support of my wife.

2. My pastor is a patient wise man.

3. The mistakes I’ve made have been acknowledged and forgotten by a loving parish.

4. I have grown spiritually by helping others.

5. Serving communion to the people of God is a privilege.

6. I cannot believe that God called me to serve his church but I am glad he did.

7. I cannot be all things to all people. But all deserve my respect.

8. Preaching is a privilege that must be taken seriously the parishioners deserve my best.

9. Keeping a balance between work, family and church is a challenge.

10. Prayer is an ingredient that must be cultivated for success.

11. God loves me when I succeed or fail.

These are but a few thoughts on my first year as a deacon. I have gone from feeling like a deer caught in the head lights to I still can’t believe I am a deacon.

God willing year two will be just as wonderful as my first but I don’t know how that can be.

Please keep me and my wife in your prayers as well as all of my deacon brothers.

God Bless you and yours as you strive to serve our Lord.