Welcome to A Sacred Exchange
It’s challenging to try to encapsulate in a few short paragraphs who I am. I think, like most of us, it would be just so easy for me to tell you superficial things about myself such as the activities, books or movies I enjoy. Or better yet – I could tell you about my career, experiences, my family, or places where I have lived. But in the end – I want more than that. It is my hope that “A Sacred Exchange” is a platform that will help to move us away from focusing on these relevant, but never-the-less superficial, aspects of our lives. And that the reflections will move us towards more authentic and genuine sharing about how we think and feel about our faith, life and relationships.
So how does one share the essence of who they are? How do you truly get to know who I am? When I tell you that I was once a runner on the Canadian National and Olympic Track teams it does reveal some things about me. When you learn that I have a teaching degree, a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, and that I am a registered clinical counsellor that also communicates some things about who I am and how I have felt called. I am confident that you can draw some understanding about me from the facts that I have been married for 42 years and that my husband, Claudio, and I have three grown sons, three daughter-in-laws, and two grandsons. Or that I my work history has included being a community counsellor, a high school teacher, counsellor and school administrator, and a pastor of women’s ministry? And that eventually I had to transition into other activities due to some chronic health challenges. All this information does reveal things about me that allow you to make some assumptions.
Yet, it cannot fully reveal how I see the world and what things makes my heart beat. Because to truly know me, we need to have time to share our thoughts and hearts. Where we share stuff that reveals what things make our hearts ache, and what makes them soar. We need to share what we think about faith and the world around us, and the things that make us wonder and motivate us to action. And it will be through the opportunity to share authentic, heartfelt reflections and dialogue in community, we will grow to know each other in the way God intended, and are able to encourage each other to exemplify His love into the world around us.