Tomorrow is “Call Day” on campus. Call Day is the day “they” (the seminary, synodical district presidents, et al.) publicly announce both internships and first calls (i.e. first job placements) for current second and fourth year seminarians. And for roughly half of our campus, it is an exciting and – let’s be honest – frustrating time. Because for many of those seminarians, this public announcement is the first time they hear where they are going.
As we speak, there are closed-door meetings of religious heads going on, seminarians’ lives being arranged and re-arranged, excited family and friends coming into town, necessary hair appointments being made, in-high-demand babysitters being booked, and antacid pills being consumed. In our small world, Call Day a big deal.
But for Toby and I and a few other second year families, it’s just another day. We are the ones called “deferred” and we aren’t going anywhere for another year. So instead of cleaning the house for guests, worrying about where I will be moving my family to in three months, and picking out a new call ceremony outfit, I am doing normal things, e.g. watching Masterpiece theatre, emailing my daughter’s teacher about her allergies, putting off laundry (again), and making pear upside-down cake (yes, pear).
As I sit here, on the eve of Call Day, thinking about my beloved comrades, I would like to share a blessing with them. So, if you readers don’t mind, I’d like to take a moment to direct this conversation towards them.
Belief in our Savior, Jesus Christ is not an end, but a beginning. We have been called to Christ’s own glory, to Christ’s excellence. We, as believers, miraculously have access to his divine power and to the promises of our God.
My prayer for you, as you prepare to receive your calls, is to remember these great gifts. Go with God’s power. Be in God’s Word. Supplement your faith daily. Live expectantly in God’s promises. Anticipate God’s help. And join God working.
I will miss you, but I am excited to see what God is about to do through you!
Love in Him to whom we owe everything,
Take a moment to meditate on: 2 Peter 1:3-8.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.