Looking Ahead to ’08

It’s New Year’s Eve – the ball will drop in just less than 20 minutes – and time again to make resolutions and dream
big about the coming year.  Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to
in 2008.

  • Ordination: Though my internship runs through August, I
    already have my seminary degree (I graduated LTSP in 2002 – my path is
    a long story, one worthy of an eventual blogpost).  In May I will seek
    Approval for Ordination from my home synod’s Candidacy Committee.  If
    Approved and Called by a congregation, I could be ordained as a
    pastor in the Lutheran Church by the end of the year.  Of course, there
    are many variables in this process (as I’ve learned in my 12 years in
    and out of Candidacy) and the timing is far from certain.  I’ll keep
    you posted.
  • Health: My wife, my brother, my best friend, and my pastor
    are all giving me heck about my weight and health.  Once again I begin
    a New Year with hopes and aspirations for a healthier me, yet once
    again with doubts and questions about how to make the changes to my life necessary to lose weight and improve my overall health and fitness.
  • Income: My wife begins a new career as a seminary professor
    in January and, God willing, I will begin a career in pastoral ministry
    before the end of the year.  If this happens, it will be the first time
    in our marriage that both of us would be earning full-time paychecks at the same time.
    For the first five years of our marriage one of us has always been a
    student, stipended intern, or temporarily unemployed.  It will be nice
    to earn a fuller, combined income, even at the modest clergy/professor
    levels.
  • Daily Prayer: Ever since our third child was born in
    mid-November, setting off quite a change in the Zephyr household – we
    now have a four year-old, a one year-old, and an infant – I have been
    negligent of my Daily Prayer routine.
    For so many reasons I would like to find the time and space to get back
    into that routine and, both intellectually and spiritually, explore in
    ever deeper ways what a life of faith looks like.
  • Health: Did I mention that I want to get healthier?
  • The Kids: I look forward to watching my children continue
    to grow – I’m not one of those parents who wishes time would stand
    still so that I could capture forever the precious moments of
    toddlerhood.  Particularly, I am anxious to watch Cana – our 1 year-old
    – begin speaking and putting her feisty personality to words; to watch
    Naaman – our infant – develop a personality and begin moving around;
    and to watch Tali – our 4 year-old – continue to grow into a complex
    young girl who loves playing with Barbies and Thomas Trains, who
    already shows glimpses of a teenager’s swagger, and whose cautious yet
    observant manner will serve her well when she enters kindergarten in
    September.
     

So properly speaking I have two New Year’s Resolutions: Get Healthier and Pray Daily.  If I can get a handle on those two tasks, I think I’ll enjoy the other items on my list that much more.

A Happy and Blessed New Year to All!

About Chris Duckworth

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.
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2 Responses to Looking Ahead to ’08

  1. 1. Ordination – I can’t wait!
    2. Health – I’m glad you made an appointment with your doctor for a physical!
    3. Income – we’ll get there…
    4. Prayer – Let us pray.
    5. Health – one step at a time.
    6. and…I love your description of the kids…I’ll second this!
    Love you my dear.

  2. precious says:

    Looking Ahead to ’08

    Bookmarked your post over at Blog Bookmarker.com!

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