Giving and Growing

Giving and Growing

The Very Rev. BJ OwensCan you recall a time you committed to something that you knew might not be easy? Perhaps you embarked on a new but uncertain chapter in your life, or perhaps you took on a new responsibility in the community. Perhaps, if you’re especially adventurous, you tried to learn a new language or a new cuisine to cook.

Or, perhaps you found yourself having to grow into the challenging work that comes amid the transitions of life: when we become parents for the first time, when we become caregivers for aging parents, or when dealing with a new diagnosis or a sudden life change, we suddenly find that we must grow in order to be present in the new moment.

Each of these are times to faithfully stretch ourselves to be who God is calling us to be. Sometimes these are moments of our own choosing, and sometimes they are simply life, unfolding around us. These times range from joyful to difficult to all points in between, but in each of them we find opportunities to grow in our faith and in our relationships with one another. When we stretch ourselves, faithfully and trusting in God, we become more attuned to God’s loving presence and more aware of the blessings that fill our lives. We also discover that we are not alone, and that it’s not all on our shoulders.

Consider some of those moments when you have challenged yourself to do something that might not be easy, and think about how you grew as a result. As we draw our annual stewardship campaign to a close in the next few weeks, you may also consider how giving generously can be a joyful response to God’s love for us, and a way that we each expand our capacity to see and celebrate the blessings of life.

If you haven’t yet made a pledge to Trinity Cathedral for the coming year, I hope you’ll do so before our campaign concludes on All Saints’ Sunday (November 3). I am very grateful for all the ways the people of Trinity support this community, and I give thanks for the many ways we encourage one another as we grow in faith!


The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens