6 Years ago…… provincial selection……

One of my friends has time hop on Facebook which will post about what happened on a certain day in their social media past. Today this picture came up….


Provincial selection is one of the stages you have to go through when putting yourself forward for ordination. Its a 3 day event with different tasks and interviews for you to do to help the selectors discern if you are called for the diaconate or priesthood. And if you make it past this stage, you are recommended for training.

I still remember how I feel when I came out. I got a lift to the train station, and I was the only one there. I had to wait 30mins for the train to come, and I couldn’t stay still. I was on the biggest high of my life! Who needs drugs???  I was so excited, the three days hadn’t been easy, but I loved every moment of it. The interviews, the tasks (individual and group work), the worship and the socialising. I was with a great bunch of people, some of whom I went on to train with, and many of whom are today friends.

It’s funny looking back now, one of the jobs I have to do today in my end of curacy self assessment (due in the end of the month, last min again!!!! tut tut). How the time has gone quickly.

There is a saying that has been floating round me for the last few weeks ‘The days are long, but the years are short’ and I am coming to realise how true that is. How quickly things can pass us by, and how quickly things can change. And yet, when you’re in the moment, you wish the time to go quicker.

I am not the most patient of people, and when things go too slowly, I get frustrated, but thinking back on these 6 years, I realise I must try and take more time, and enjoy it. I must not wish the time away, or for things to go faster.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90.12

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4.14

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3.8

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Minor Canon Youth Chaplain at St Albans Cathedral. Dog owner, historian, technology geek, pilgrim.

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