In my family, the transitions are more personal as well. Carrie and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in August. My youngest son turned 18 this summer, and has just left home for college, making us empty-nesters. My older son will turn 21 in November, which is a landmark in its own way. The years keep rolling on by. Our family has to keep adjusting.
As it happens, I will also begin my 7th year at Saint David’s today(!). People who study these things say that the 7th year of a priest’s tenure is a time to pause and think about what lies ahead. By that time, most priests have either accomplished what they initially set out to accomplish, or else have recognized that it won’t happen. If priests fail to recognize that fact, they can easily stagnate, which is not good for the priest or for the parish.
That makes this a good time for us to think and pray together about what God is calling us to do in the next chapter of our lives together. Which of our current practices do we need to let go? What new things do we need to take on? What does it means for us to be God’s people in this place and time?