In November 2016 I began a journey that led me back into the study of Theology, even to the point of putting in an application to become a Candidate for Ministry in the Uniting Church here in Australia. The journey contained a great deal of struggle, as I tried to change my mindset to fit that of what I perceived was required by the church. It was a fool’s errand. I am what I am, and who I am, and I am thankful that the ‘powers that be’, which is my nickname for God, saw fit to put a stop to it all, through a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, which has literally slowed me down, mind, body and spirit, and so I have returned to this site to review my writing and consider if my opinions have changed at all.
In the past three years I have learned so much more about the bible, its creators, and what people will do with the wisdom, as they search for hidden meanings .. it might be fun to start again. I am drawn to study the Psalms, a subject I didn’t touch on in the eleven subjects I did study over the past two years .. so we shall see.
In the meantime, one of my favourite poems …
Wishing everyone a glorious day.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Oh, I forgot to tell you. I will be graduating from Trinity University in March 2020 with an ‘Advance Diploma in Theology and Ministry’. I have studied 25 subjects, of a 24 subject Bachelor’s degree, but not at the same university. I am delighted with what I finally achieved. The only reason I couldn’t finish the Ministry degree was that wonderful fibromyalgia. I had two ‘full-on’ subjects in Clinical Pastoral Education to go.
You’ll find me dancing when the flute is playing. Let’s turn the page …