This post was written during Lana’s first semester at EMS.

We are almost at midterm break, and the reality of being in this place and space is setting in. Last week, I realized for the first time that I was actually in Virginia … to stay! I think that the storm has been raging all around me, and I rarely took time to stop. Last week I had a chance to stop and take inventory. Sometimes, I move so quickly from one thing to another that I forget to just stop. Our culture teaches us to go and do, and not to question why and for what reason we keep up the intense pace.

And so, in stopping last week, I realized a lot of things were surfacing that I had put on hold for a while. Why am I here at EMS? In Virginia? What might God be doing in my life and in the lives of those around me? As a child of God, who am I? What truly is my calling and how is being here in this place a part of living into that calling? How is God at work in the world around me? As a church, how are we called to minister in a broken world? How do the stories of others faith shed a bigger picture on this God that we serve?

Questions continue to swarm in my head. But, ultimately I rest in the fact that God loves us, has created each of us with gifts and talents that can be used to bring glory to God, and while I don’t know what the future holds, we can rest in the promise that God will walk with us, no matter what it brings.

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