I am a fan of global warming. Usually the temperature for ALC graduation is something in the range of 35-42. This year, and maybe for the first time in history, it is going to be in the teens, 19 in fact. According to my calculations this is because of global warming!
I wonder if I will have to eat my words next week at ordination? It could be in the 40s and my theory be mocked.
By 3pm today I will no longer be a student. I will graduate from Australian Lutheran College with a bachelor of theology and bachelor of ministry. That means I will be unemployed. Thankfully the people of Esperance and Kalgoorlie have promised to give me a house to live in, and I said I would help out around the church while I am there.
Until I go to WA in January I will visit family and friends, spend Christmas at home, go fishing /camping with my brothers, go to two weddings and spend 11 days with my girlfriend.
This morning while driving to the chiropractor my eyes almost fell from their sockets, petrol for 99.9 cents. So on the way home I filled up my car and for the first time in I can't remember how long the litres were more than the dollars.
I'm not sure how long this will last, but enjoy it while you can.
Five years ago I came to ALC to find out if what people said about me being a pastor was true. As a high school dropout I came fearing the study. How could I do everything required of me? How do you write an essay? Am I going to last the distance?
For the first year I told God that if you want me to be a pastor you are going to have to help out, big time! Surprise, surprise, I liked my studies and found that God not only helped me but I was better at study than I ever thought possible. St Paul expresses it in this way:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:20
Praise be to God for helping me and growing me into the man to whom the church says "we will ordain you Adrian." I give my deepest thanks to all those people who have helped me along the way with encouraging words, a listening ear, money, and for being a friend when I needed you most. You probably don't even know that you helped me, but thank you.
Now begins the process of buying furniture, finding a removalist, buying a car and saying good bye to the place and people that have been a pivotal part of my life for the last five years.
Two posts ago I reported on the inundation of engagements here at Sem and made the comment that 'there must be something in the water around here.' Well - I know, a strange choice of words when talking about water - I have been drinking some of the local Adam's ale myself and have caught at least the slightest bug that has been going around.