If things had gone as I had planned over two years ago, today I would have marched across a stage at VTS to receive the degree of Master of Theological Studies.
But they didn't. So instead of marching across the stage in Virginia, I ran back and forth between my bathroom and my computer in South Dakota to watch at least the start of the commencement ceremony while I finished getting ready for work. I got teary eyed but the knowledge I had mascara on my eyelashes kept me from all out boo hoos.
I try to keep in mind that God's will is much more important than my will. God's timing is much better than my timing. Who knows? I may get to return some day to finish. I doubt it, but at the same time the wind of the Holy Spirit blows where it will, so it may happen.
Meanwhile, it was cool to see my buddy Beth O'C serve as crucifer for the ceremony. My friend AMH earned a preaching award--something I'd heard she did well, but have not had the privilege of hearing. It was just fun to finish up the webcast later and see so many of my friends on this august day.
And if you get a chance to listen to the webcast on the VTS website, the Rev Dr. Roger Ferlo delivered a magnificent commencement address/sermon. It starts ~ 10-15 minutes into the broadcast and lasts approx 25 minutes. It is well worth the time. If I can figure out how to get a copy of that sermon for my own, I'd love to have it.
Now off to bed as I have to be at work at 7 in the morning!