A Unified Vision

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I am excited for this new season of GLOW.

As Kelsey pointed to in her blog post to kick off our explanation of this season, the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for every season. Sometimes that is hard to understand, but as our lives ebb and flow, God is present, working and declaring his glory over our lives, in creation, and in many other ways we probably aren’t even aware of yet.

As many of our contributors prepare for new seasons of life, adding members to the family, beginning new jobs, moving to a new location, etc., I am also looking forward to embracing my next season. I am excited to pour into young adults here in Zambia as I help welcome four North Americans to volunteer for the next year with our partners here at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Zambia. I also get to help send out one Malawian and three Zambians to volunteer for a year of service in other parts of the world. I am so thankful for this job and this opportunity to come alongside people and welcome them into a new season as I help send others out. It is so beautiful to see how God works in newness and in challenges that take us out of our comfort zone and beacon us to trust in Him all the more.

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The feast prepared by one of our volunteers to say goodbye to her host family as she also moves to the next season

I am looking forward to leaning into these experiences and continuing to listen to where God is and finding ways to share that with others. Whether God leads me to share with someone one-on-one, in small groups, or through writing, I am excited to find new outlets and new ways to be held accountable to growing in my faith every day.

However, as much as I want to learn who God is in my own life in this next season, my heart is also after unity from within our GLOW team and community even in this season of quiet and stillness. As we take the next three months to step back and rest from our time writing regularly for GLOW, my prayer is that this would serve to build up our bond with one another as well. As God continues to move in our hearts individually and as we continue to shine God’s light where we have bene placed, may we continue to contemplate how we are also called together as writers, readers, and Christ-followers around the world.

The writer of Ecclesiastes not only reminds us of the beauty of each season, but also the beauty of doing things together,

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

When Alyssa first asked me to join the team of regular writers at GLOW, I was honored and excited for the opportunity. Not only has writing for GLOW kept me accountable for listening to God speak, but it has left me encouraged to be a part of something bigger than myself. Even in this season of stepping back, we are still united in this purpose. I would encourage you all as readers and writers yourselves to set up ways to lean deeply into Christ this season. Maybe he will call you to reach out to someone new, learn a new skill, or even write something new that could encourage our GLOW community when we begin writing together again.

May we continue to pray for one another and grow in the unity created by the love of Christ for us.

I’ll miss communicating often with you all so often, but I am excited for what God will continue to do in our midst. May we continue to allow him to transform our lives and make us GLOW for his sake in every season.