The Trouble With Vocational Discernment Gatherings


The trouble with vocational discernment gatherings is that they all cut off at the age of 38!

At the age of 38 do we cease to be eligible for vocational gatherings?  I do not think so.   Do we cease to be worthy of  a richest vocation?  I  do not think so.  Or at the ripe old age of  . . . . .  43 are we perfectly at an age when we are ready to discern our future path, to offer up the goldeness of our autumn with its burnt amber warmth and its fiery heart for the world in her winter?  Do we not already know at the ripe old age of 43 that spring has come anew and a budding after the bleakest of winters, bringing new hope and new life – year after year?  Can we not deliver this hope to the hopeless?



We are women of the world; the new Eve’s.  New Eve’s made from a life of gathering wisdom, a life fought for, a life cherished, a life lost and a life found in Him.  A life where we live and trust in a God who unconditionally Loves us.  A life lived in a God whom we unconditionally Love.



Only we can be first evangelists like Mary.   Only we can share our Love without falsities, without shame, without fear and without hypocrisy; for we are mothers and we are daughters.  We know loss before it is even discovered, we know death with the first breath of life, we know grief with the first stirrings of poorlyness, and we ache with a compassion that flows with the very first milk.



Consider re-sculpting the mould, break the banks of the river, make the sea an ocean wide and broad and 70% of the earths surface.  Renew the old, revitalize the current, embrace the new.  Come feel the breeze,  breathe the spirit,  Dance, dance, dance the ancient dance  ~ a new way.   His way.  The way He had opened up before her, the Mary way, the Phoebe way, His new way.



The way that after Him they closed . . . and forgot to dance.



‘Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’

Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She turned round then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ — which means Master.

Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’



So Mary of Magdala told the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord,’ and that he had said these things to her.

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’

and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord,

and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’


After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.



38 was nowhere to be seen.


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6 Responses to The Trouble With Vocational Discernment Gatherings

  1. Stephanie Jill Rudd says:

    Superb post illustrated with magnificent art.

  2. Tonia says:

    This is a lovely post. I agree about cut-off ages. I also get a bit annoyed when so many church activities (particularly those with music that’s played by a band rather than traditional church music) are aimed at young people with a cut-off of 35. It feels like the church is embarrassed about its older members.

    Is the Phoebe you were thinking of the one from Friends or did I miss a classical reference? I downloaded the first 5 Seasons for my boys last week and they love Phoebe!

    • mags says:

      I havent seen lots of friends, but in the ones that I have I love Phoebe :O) outside my kinda box.

      However read on

      ‘I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.’

      — Paul[Rom. 16:1-2]

      ‘I recommend to you Phoebe our fellow believer, who is a minister of the assembly in Cenchrea, so that you will admit her into your company, the Lord’s company, in a manner worthy of the people devoted to God, and stand by her in whatever matters she needs you to help in. For indeed she became a presiding officer over many, and over me also!’

      — Romans 16:1-2, The Source New Testament[4]

      (The Source New Testament offers a literal translation from the Ancient Greek of the Romans passage:)

  3. jesuslover says:

    omg i love this post

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