In August 2020, Laura and I logged 5,000 miles while traveling to Northern California. The road trip included many wonderful sights, memorable National Parks with vistas and landmarks, and a much needed pandemic visit with our son and his fiancé. This experience was like being on a bridge crossing over (through) a great time of disorientation.
I’ve always enjoyed bridges! I even studied bridge design in my undergraduate engineering studies. But the vocation of bridge-building has taken on a different form or practice during most of my life. Building relational bridges with and among people is what the Lord’s call led me to do.
As I begin this second year of appointment as your Senior Pastor, I envision several opportunities for bridge-building with and among you. Crossing over that previously-mentioned pandemic-disorientation is still something we are doing together. Finding a new way as a congregation remaining United Methodist while adapting to a continuous shifting secular landscape seems to be another bridge-building work for all of us. And thirdly, we enter a season of bridge-building in 2024 as Manchaca UMC celebrates its 150th year of ministry and mission in this community.
Expect a three point sermon soon as these bridge-building efforts gain clarity in my mind utilizing our conversations, your ideas, and God’s dreams for us in this season. Please know this: the journey on the bridge may take longer than any of us can imagine. It’s not a quick and easy solution to any problem. These bridges are our relationships with each other and with the people we are called to engage.
May the Lord bless our journey.