“Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.”
I have a confession to make, I love hymns. There is something about them that I love so much. The lyrics above are from “The Summons” by John Bell. We as Christians are always on a journey. This hymn has been song at my home annual conference during various services over the years. This song for me is all about journey, and how we follow God.
For me this song represents in a way the journey people take to ordained ministry. Each persons call story is different and unique. My call to ordained ministry started at summer camp and became more clear as I worked on the Yakima Indian Reservation with my church. I felt called to work with people, to be a bridge builder. How I visioned myself to be in ministry has changed over time.
When we let go and let God lead us and call us, the journey takes you in unexpected places. You never know where life might take you. This song also makes me think of journey in the coming out sense. When you come out you are basically saying this who I am as a queer person. You take on a journey of self discovery and growing into your authentic self. Once you come out much like following God, your life is never the same.
Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.