About

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Take my heart, Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for the courts above

– “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Robert Robinson, 1758.

These are maybe my favorite lines in any hymn or praise song.

This idea of being “prone to wander” clicks with me. My first big commitment to my faith came after a season of deep spiritual wandering in the form of asking questions and raising doubts. My first paid job in ministry was working with Wilderness Trail, where I wandered the Appalachian Trail with groups of teenagers. Now my ministry puts me on the move through our Methodist itinerant (moving pastors around) system. In my Wesleyan tradition I’ve found (and claimed) a lifelong commitment to keep wandering forward in my faith until I am made perfect in love. So when Robinson wrote about being “prone to wander” – I get that.

These blogs are mostly the written versions of my Sunday sermons – my weekly efforts to allow the Word to work on me and share what I experience with a congregation.  If my wanderings are helpful to you in your wanderings, I’m glad.

I also like to read. Do you? You can find what I’ve been reading lately on Goodreads. If you’ve read something I’ve read, let me know and let’s chat about it.

In addition to being called “pastor” (a United Methodist one), I also get to be called “wife” (to a handsome mountain man) and “mom” (to a wild princess daughter and a comeptitive-like-his-mom son).  I’m fortunate enough to serve First United Methodist Church in beautiful Sylva, NC.  We livestream our Sunday service at 10am each week on Facebook and YouTube.

If you don’t get to live in western North Carolina – then I’m glad to be connected to you over distance through Christ.

Much love,
Mary

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  1. Really enjoyed worshipping with you all today! We are here on VAC; leave for home on Tuesday! God bless you & your family & church family!

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