• Dick Sharber

The Calling Continues

Susie and I just returned from three days in North Carolina. We went to see siblings we had not seen for a couple years. Having no other family in NJ besides our oldest son, how sweet it was to reconnect in person! We were thankful for how pleasant the time was, along with some gorgeous mountain views. We were glad to see how each of our siblings maintains a genuine faith and good health overall (with a share of aches and pains). And good to see how active each is, all seniors, with both brothers and a brother-in-law continuing to work as employees, and serving in their churches and


And we are glad for those of you who can see your extended family more frequently. Our families, brothers and sisters especially, help us stay in touch with our roots, with much that we share. I'm glad for the different paths and blessings of each (and also glad for the problems that I do not have to deal with). Seeing family reminds me as well that my road is not the same as for others I love and admire. I return thankful for where I've been led, refreshed for my own journey.

Jesus calls us all to believe and to follow in love. Yet his path was different for all. For Peter the fisherman and Matthew the tax-collector, the call was to leave their jobs and follow right with him. For Zacchaeus the tax-collector, the call was to repay those he had cheated while he stayed where he was. For a man delivered from the manipulation of evil forces, the call was to go home and tell what God had done for him.

Author Parker Palmer notes: Vocation calls me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given by God. Accepting this call turns out to be even more demanding than attempting to become someone else! A certain Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me: 'Why were you not Moses?' They will ask me: 'Why were you not Zusya?"

Our calling continues uniquely for us, even while it may shift in different seasons of life. May the Holy Spirit grant us each the clear vision to see our path and our gift, as well as the continuing desire and courage to carry it out with love.

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