SENDing is a highlight on the Carey Baptist College calendar, as students and staff are celebrated. For the past two years I have been an observer, imagining what it will be like to be u2018sentu2019 myself. 

SENDing 2019 heralded a change of seasons, much like the budding daffodils remind us that winter is ending and spring is on its way. Or like stage curtains closing between acts, where the stage is cleared from what was in order to be reset for what is to come.

This current season or act has been one of u2018lastsu2019:

  • My last assignment submitted. (Thank you, Jesus!) 
  • The last time my cohort will all be together in one room.
  • The last lecture, community lunch and chapel at Carey.
  • The last time I try and fail to make a fancy pattern in the steamed milk from the barista coffee machine in Careyu2019s Wharekai!
  • The last time my family and I cross the harbour bridge to Albany Baptist Church as my placement ends.

But itu2019s also a new scene or season of u2018firstsu2019:

  • The first leisurely and slow meander along the beach, because I now have free time!
  • The first day with no lectures or academic requirements to be metu2014a very strange feeling!
  • The first time in three years to really catch my breath and dream about what the future holds. 
  • The first documents received from a church looking for a pastor.
  • The first step in discerning what God is saying.

As I reflect on SENDing 2019 and my own journey to get to this place of being trained and ready for pastoral ministry, maybe there are others, perhaps even reading this, who sense a season is ending and arenu2019t sure what that means. Can I offer a word of encouragement from Psalm 104, which reminds us God knows what heu2019s doing, and if the season you are in is one of u2018lastsu2019 it means you are about to enter a new season of u2018firstsu2019.

Story: Julie Redwood, Pastoral Leadership graduate

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