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Real Reflections

Dear Salem Family,

Lent is just around the corner. Lent is a time for reflection.

Now, we are going to be in a very real place with this letter. I invite you to join me in the real. There are many changes happening for me in my personal and professional life, at this very moment. I am getting married in less than 20 days. I am looking for a job. I am going to have to make some challenging choices.

I am reflecting on many things as I embark on these new adventures. I am reflecting on my life as a single woman. I am reflecting on the past three years in this position. I am reflecting on the past 22 years of being a part of this church community.

Lent is a time for reflection. I know this might not be how everyone looks at reflections, but for me, when I reflect on the past, I am provided with hope for the future, optimism, excitement, encouragement, and energy. I don’t like to sit in a place of resentment or sadness. Reflections help me to evaluate where I have been and where I’d like to be. I believe we are called to reflect on the past so we can be open to where God wants to take us in the future.

I am beyond excited about marrying my best friend! And as I reflect on my past as a single woman, I’m so glad God placed me on a path to meet my best friend (no matter how crazy or bumpy that path may have been). Although it is hard to be thinking about finding a new job, I’m excited about new opportunities. It doesn’t make it less sad to be leaving this position, but my experience here over the last three years provides me with encouragement and energy to see what God has in store for me next. As I reflect on what it’s been like to be a part of this community for so long, I am hopeful that this community will accept the challenges it faces head on and continue to make faithful decisions about mission and ministry.

Lent is a time of reflection. I encourage you to reflect on what has happened for you and where God is calling you as an individual, as a family, wherever you’re at right now.

In Christ’s Love,

Meghan Harmison
Director of Adult Ministries and Outreach


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