It has been a little time since I posted which I have spent with my son and daughter in law as they welcomed our granddaughter into the world. I am so grateful for this gift of retirement that allowed Thomas and I to spend extended time with them.
For 37 years I was a teacher. There were different teaching positions, good and bad years, hard and easy years. The last 4 years were probably the hardest. I was ready for a change and so greatly relieved when I walked out of my office for the last time. I didn't know what the change would be. At first I just wanted to rest. We also planned a long trip, adventure as it turned out, to celebrate being able to travel at some other time than school breaks. After the trip was over and we were back home it was time to think about a new job. Retirement gives you an overwhelming list of possibilities; places to volunteer, social groups to join, time to read and learn, time to do your hobbies, time to travel. So how will I use retirment
The thing about following Christ is that he always does the unexpected - his plans are greater than ours. Five years ago I would never have thought that I would call myself a photographer. I just can't believe I define myself in that way. I also would have never have defined myself as a writer. But here I am writing a daily blog about my images and scripture. I have come to think of this as my new job, one given to me not sought after. I do the things of a job. I work hard at writing and editing photos. I study scripture more. I practice and work to learn more about photography. I have a daily routine but one that is not determined by a clock. I work at maintaining a website and an email newsletter. I am also grateful that I can give this work away for free. Thomas and I have been fortunate and have planned financially so at least for now we can afford for me not to work to meet our daily needs.
I have been amazed at how the website grew from an idea to a reality and seeing God's hand in all of it. I see how God took the idea and helped me work out how the blog would work. I have been amazed at the words he has given me. This morning I went back over my posts and I can't believe that I wrote that, having never been a writer or even enjoying writing. I have also felt so supported by friends and family who daily read and hear and see God in the words and pictures.
I have come to think about my new job as ministry. I have never really thought in terms of ministry. Ministry means something different to each person, I think, and each Christian must work that out for herself. In my search for new resources, my pastor, Ellen Di Giosia, pointed me to an amazing resource about the liturgical year called TextWeek. In exploring the site I read about the creator of the site Jenee Woodard. She sees her work on the site as ministry, which she defines as what she does with her life to explore what it means to be human and to use her gifts to serve others resulting in joy and delight. I like this new understanding of ministry. I want my new job, this website, to be my ministry. I don't know how long the blog will last or where God will lead me next. But I do know that as long as I serve him, he will take the gifts he has given me, even the new one of photography, and do things I never even imagined. I do know that right now the website is his and it exists to bring him glory. I pray it will always do that.
All the photographs in this site were taken by me. If you use or share anything from my website, please link back to this page. Thanks.
Soli Deo Gloria
© 2018 Karen Milligan
Soli Deo Gloria
© 2018 Karen Milligan