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“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.”
- Victor Hugo
It’s been many months since I’ve posted here. They’ve been months of self-reflection and careful thought.
I recognize I’m in a new phase of life. Having left an all-consuming full-time job, and with my years of hands-on parenting rapidly approaching their end, I’ve taken the opportunity to evaluate where I’ve come from and where I might be headed.
I know; I’m very blessed to have been able to do so. Not everyone has the luxury to pause – at mid-life – and take stock. It’s been worthwhile; as I’ve considered what I’ve accomplished thus far in my life – as well as what I’ve failed to do – I realized there was at least one major dream unfulfilled: the desire to undertake further academic study.
I’ve thought about the possibility of pursuing theological study for several years, and actually went so far as to do one course – in a summer intensive – a few years ago. But the experience – while wonderful – also showed me the time wasn’t right to tackle the rigors of graduate school just yet.
But over the past number of months, I’ve considered and explored the possibility that, perhaps, now could be the right time.
And indeed, it seems to be. A couple of weeks ago, I received word I’ve been accepted into the M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) program at McMaster Divinity College. I begin part-time studies early in the new year. I am beyond excited. And what’s made my joy complete is the enthusiasm and support of my husband and our kids.
Around the time I received word of my acceptance, I learned I am not alone. It seems people of my generation are heading to seminary in unprecedented numbers.
I don’t know quite what to make of that reality. But I look forward to learning, and to sharing thoughts on what I learn, in the months ahead.