Happy 7th day of Christmas! Happy last day of 2013!
This year has been very intense for me, I can’t say that I’m sad to see it end. I’m very much looking forward to 2014! A friend of mine recently asked me what I was looking forward to in 2014. Two major things immediately came to mind and I’m very excited about both: living in Guatemala for several weeks over the summer and graduating next December! In between I’m just looking forward to continuing the day-to-day things that I have learned I really enjoy.
At the end of my Reflections on Advent post I told you that I had plans for a series starting in the New Year. The series will be called (drumroll please):
My Life as a P.K.
Growing up as a pastor’s kid (we affectionately refer to ourselves as P.K.s) is an interesting experience. I have many friends who are also P.K.s and there is this strange, immediate bond that forms when you find out someone else is a P.K. I would imagine that this happens in other occupations as well, this has just been my experience. There is a lot of eye rolling that happens between P.K.s when the idea of “Church Politics” or unfair expectations comes up (more on those later in the series).
During this series I am going to share stories of my life (and hopefully some guest posts of other P.K.s.*). I have done work in my own heart and mind to come to peace with some of the harder aspects of being P.K. as well as doing the work to escape bitterness by recognizing the really great aspects of being a P.K. I want these stories to help other P.K.s find comfort and maybe begin to move away from the bitterness that is so easy to fall into. I have experienced it myself and like the place of gratitude that I have found. I also hope that pastors who will read this can see some of the expectations and things that happen in the context of church life that aren’t helpful to children. I think unawareness is one of the biggest hurts to P.K.s. My desire is that this might help to fight some of that unawareness. I hope this series will clearly express the good and the bad, the joy and the pain, and ultimately the gratitude that I have for growing up as a P.K.
Also, I want to give a shout out to my parents. They are awesome. They are amazing parents and wonderful pastors. It is because of them that my two sisters and I continue to be involved in community and all three of us have relationships with Jesus. We escaped the P.K. statistic that 1 in 3 pastor’s kids will walk away from the faith. I’m really grateful that they are my parents!
Happy New Year everyone! May 2014 be full of peace-filled moments like the ones found in this prayer attributed to St. Francis:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
*if you are a Priest/Pastor’s kid and are interested in writing a guest post please email me at angelagracehobby(at)gmail(dot)com