It’s not all been an easy road. I was knocked back by the Cofs at my first attempt to be selected as a candidate. That was disappointing but other people were more upset by the decision on my behalf than I felt myself. But I think that’s all working out for the best in the longer term. I was selected as a candidate in 2008 and because of the 2 years of training required I stayed on at university to do a one year Masters course (MTh). That was followed by a 15 month probation placement. That fitted in better with my younger daughter’s schooling. There was the feeling that I needed to be railroaded to begin the process. After all, I did leave my employer with a 25-year long service award (presented, ironically, the week before I left). That’s not indicative of someone who makes snap decisions and acts on them. However, the timing then worked out in its own way and unfolded in a way that was much better.
That journey reached both its culmination and new starting point on the 23rd of February when I was ordained and inducted to the charge of Kirriemuir: St. Andrew’s linked with Oathlaw Tannadice.
I’m conscious that, as Christian testimony, there’s not been much talk about God. But that’s misleading. At all points, there was plenty of praying. There was the long process of learning to listen for His direction and to sense what the ‘right’ decision was. God has been an integral part of these changes. I haven’t made these decisions for my own benefit but rather as an answer to a strong sense of call.
So that’s me, that’s the edited highlights of my journey so far. No doubt there’ll be plenty more to add as it progresses and I do pray that I will continue to recognise God’s call in my life.
If you’ve read this far, well done you! If you’ve just skipped to the end to see how it finishes, that’s ok as well. Whether it’s been dull or inspiring or just plain ordinary, thank you for allowing me to share my story with you.