When I decided that I wanted to follow Jesus’s path, I didn’t quite realize how hard that was going to be. My first realization was that, along with the enormous gifts of love and grace, Jesus asks of us some pretty tough things in return.
Did he really mean that camel – eye of the needle thing? Or “the last shall be first and the first shall be last” in his eternal kingdom? And don’t get me started on that “turn the other cheek” business. This is hard stuff to live out, and its only getting harder. Well, tough jobs require teamwork, so my second realization was that I needed a team if I was going to try and walk this path. You, people of St. David’s, are my team.
I still fail often and sometimes spectacularly, but hopefully now I succeed more. Which is why it is so important to me to have a place of renewal and commitment, where we support and care for each other, teach each other, and redouble our efforts to follow Christ. I want to be a part of that community.
When I walk in the doors of St. David’s, I know it’s that place. I love our coffee shop with its thought-provoking books and treats. Trinity Center serving our homeless neighbors, while the Day School serves our families and friends; our hospitality crew training disabled workers while they feed us, and our choirs and small groups filling our rooms with music and good conversation.
I pledge because I want this community to thrive. I pledge because the world needs St. David’s. And I pledge, most of all, because I need St. David’s.