Where Am I?

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Why am I here, at this particular place in this particular time? Why this family, these friends, this fragile and ephemeral life?

 You and I are exactly where we are meant to be, not because these particular circumstances are just rewards or punishments. We are exactly where we are meant to be because we are always and eternally in the embrace of God.

Life could have been different, but it isn’t. We are exactly where we are supposed to be because it’s only from this exact spot that we take up our lives. It’s only in this exact here, this exact now, that you and I can love God, ourselves, and each other.

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

2 thoughts on “Where Am I?”

  1. Well I am where I am–still don’t know about the “meant to be” part, though it is somewhat reassuring to think that. I’m more into that grand old hymn by Charlotte Elliott “Just as I Am” and in particular that final stanza: “Just as I am–Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; Because Thy promise, I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come”. Ready for an altar call?

    1. One of my favorites, Bill! Thanks so much for bringing this in – another wonderful way to think about life, God, and all the rest of existence. Peace, Johnna

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