BY REV. CORY L. KEMP |
As Moravians, we enjoy many long-held, rich traditions. Choosing your personal watchword each year is one I hope you still practice. I also hope you employ it throughout the year.
While you may pick your reading from the offering plate at a Watchnight Service on New Year’s Eve, others may choose their Biblical reading to guide them for three hundred sixty-five days in other ways.
I can confess to you here that my scripture usually reveals itself in choosing me. I’d like to share with you how that worked.
This past year was an extraordinarily difficult one for me personally. I’ve shared a little bit about that here in past posts, about losing my dear cat, Frannie, my companion for almost twenty years, in April; then I lost my mom in September. While both had good, long lives, it is always too soon to say goodbye to those you love. While love never ends, it does change shape over time and place.
What I haven’t shared is that just before Frannie’s health began to decline, I began my work in the Sacred Depths Coach Certification program.
For those who have sought out coaching for themselves, or have considered becoming coaches, you know there are a lot of training opportunities to learn, grow your skills and serve in this field.
Sacred Depths spoke to me because I knew it would challenge me to grow as a person, further develop my coaching and pastoral skills, but also an undefined more.
The more turned out to be resilience, strength, wisdom and inner clarity from which I’d felt disconnected for a while. What I did for myself is what I do best to help my clients: I reconciled the sacred nature of faith with the pragmatic living of human life. In this, I became better at being me, and better at doing ministry.
So, when the watchword I chose for this year popped up in the Daily Texts near the end of last year, I saw not only a guiding force for what would come, but an affirmation of what God and I had already accomplished together. As I placed it in context with its preceding verses, I saw where so many of my thoughts centered during those earlier hard times.
So, here is my watchword for this year, in italicized print, in the context of Paul’s words to Timothy:
“Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:5-7
And, I learned late last week that I am officially a Sacred Depths Certified Coach.
About the Author
The Rev. Cory L. Kemp is founder and faith mentor with Broad Plains Faith Coaching. Cory, employing her signature Handcrafted Faith program, supports ordained and lay women leaders in visualizing, understanding and strengthening their beliefs, so that they may know, love and serve God and their communities with generosity, wisdom, and joy.