"In my Father's house, there are many rooms . . ." John 14:2.
In meeting with my care committee last night, it became clear to me (and I think to everyone) that I need to lay down traveling ministry. I am still planning to visit Capitol Hill Friends in May, but after that, I know that I need to stay home and be where I am.
This is really hard for me because I love traveling ministry. I have never felt so alive as I have when traveling among Friends. But I am tired and depleted, and no longer feeling called to this work. It is also hard because I am realizing how much being a traveling minister has become a part of my identity. But I know that, whether I travel or not, I am still a beloved child of God.
This means that I will not be able to attend the workshop for young Friends traveling in the ministry at FGC Gathering. I am sorry that I won't be there and sorry to disappoint those I told I would go. My heart still longs to meet with other young Friends in a second day meeting, but I am clear that doing that within the context of the FGC Gathering would not be good for my soul.
I hope that the ways that I have helped spread the word about the workshop have been helpful. Friends are welcome to use my paper on traveling ministry in any way they wish, and everyone gathered in this meeting will be in my prayers.