(As posted by me at RevGals)
I’ve just finished a great little book by L. William Countryman called Living on the Border of the Holy: Renewing the Priesthood of All.
Countryman suggests that not only do all Christians have a ministry, but all of us have a priesthood. The “priesthood of all believers” comes to mind, and he takes that farther to suggest that humanity shares a ‘universal human priesthood’. Every human has the capacity to encounter and then pass on something of transcendent significance.
For today, think back over your life, and share about five (or more) who have been priests in your life (or ministers, pastors, whatever language is comfortable for you). In sharing, know that names are not necessary.
Do share a link in the comments here if you play along today on your blog. We’d love to read about your richness of experience.
Keith D., who was my high school choir director, taught me to know and love and sing great music. He also taught me much about living in the world and being part of a community. He called a group of us out once for being Mean Girls (one of my least favorite memories, but richly deserved.) He became a friend for life.
Peter S., who was my choir director at the last church I attended, similarly taught me about music and also about trusting myself. He has since become a life coach, ever so appropriately.
Tennyson L., about whom I've written before, taught me that a girl doesn't have to wait for a boy to call her. "If you want to talk to him, call him!" Also, how not to be afraid of the dark.
Dr. Newsom, my first therapist, who helped me wade through the swamps in my head.
And Amy H., whose witness in the face of great difficulties showed me that there must really be a God, because that God was clearly calling her and she was listening...when the world's logic would have told her to walk away. She is an ordained priest, now. God was clearly right about that one.