Written by Susan on the occasion of her election to serve as a Deacon beginning in August 2015.
My faith experience as a child and youth was building on the foundations that my parents and the teachers and leaders in Houston Avenue Christian Church in Macon shared with me. My mother passed away from ovarian cancer when I was 21 years old and that event changed my life. I questioned WHY and grieved for the loss I knew would eventually happen but can honestly say never lost my faith in the promises of God. That has been shown with the blessing of my father who just celebrated his 91st birthday.
My trust, dependence and belief in My Lord and God have stayed constant for the next 30 years through marriage, parenthood and job changes because what gets me through life’s peaks and valleys is based on Jeremiah 29:11—the Lord declares—I know the plans that I have for you—plans for goodness and not for calamity—to give a future and a hope.
This promise was revealed to me 2 summers ago. As much as I loved the company that I was working for, after 12 years it was time for us to part ways. Like in any relationship, events cause us to go in different directions. I transitioned a new team to carry on and took 6 months off to rest and find the true Susan again.
I was concerned about finding a job in my mid 50’s but an opportunity came in allowing me to use my gifts there and in new volunteer opportunities within my community.
This is my 5th term as a deacon at Highland but I look differently to this time with a fresh, renewed expectation—I feel this is where our church is also—on a cusp with many opportunities of where we can use our gifts but relying not on our own understanding but through Jesus Christ and God to show us where He needs us at this point to make a difference in the world.
The diversity of this deacon body reflects the diversity of the church community—that excites me. We will learn from one another, not always agree and need your voice to help us stay in tune with where we all feel God leading us.
Thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve at this time!