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What's your calling?

Reverend Ted AndradaWhat’s your calling?
A guest blog post by Folkestone Campus Pastor Edward Andrada
As we strive to reflect the love of God in our service to older adults, we revisit the Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) Biblical Framework. Together, we read one of eight Biblical Framework passages and consider its significance to PHS.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.                    
- Ephesians 4:1-8

What’s your calling? I’m called as Campus Pastor for Presbyterian Homes & Services, serving at Folkestone in Wayzata, Minnesota. I’m also a parish pastor. But my calling extends beyond my work. I’m called to be a husband, a father of four teenagers, son of a woman who has dementia and terminal cancer. I’m called to a certain place. I grew up in this area and have known some of the Folkestone residents for over 40 years. I played with their sons and daughters when we were children. Some residents worked or went to church with my parents. Some residents knew my grandparents before I was born.

What’s your calling? Was your father from a conservative Jewish faith and your mother of Roman Catholic decent? Did you experience a unique faith perspective from both sides of the family growing up? Do you love God’s Word intensely because in it you find freedom and comfort? Do you love to care for God’s wise and elderly children? Then you might work for Presbyterian Homes & Services. 

What’s your calling? Are you retired from years of service in the church? Were you and your ancestors dedicated church volunteers? Did you teach Sunday school? Do you still enjoy teaching God’s Word and living for others? Do you attend worship multiple times a week? Do you volunteer to play the piano at chapel services because it brings you joy? You might be a resident at Presbyterian Homes & Services.

What’s your calling? Do you have a strong history of caregiving for the aged? Have you visited seriously ill co-workers at the hospital just because you care? Do you have a gift for hospitality? Do you ask others, “Is there anything I can do for you?” Do you seek to deepen your faith? Then you might work for Presbyterian Homes & Services. 

What’s your calling? Are you single or married? Are you a parent, grandparent, great grandparent? Are you an advisor and confidant? Does generosity move you?  Do you enjoy making birthday cards for people around you? Do you make home baked cookies for those who can’t cook anymore? Do you hold hands with long-time friends who may no longer remember your name? You might be a resident at Presbyterian Homes & Services.

What’s your calling? Are you a person who loves to fix things and work with systems that keep people safe and comfortable? Do you work long hours in your pursuit of excellence and service? Do you like to barbeque and make an excellent cup of silver jasmine Japanese tea? Then you might work for Presbyterian Homes & Services. 

What’s your calling? Are you a leader? Do you give attention to detail that others usually don’t think to provide? Do you encourage those who work with you by providing a healthy Christian culture and using good stewardship? Is it second nature for you to help bear another person’s load? Then you might work for Presbyterian Homes & Services. 

What’s our calling? We are all called as “children of the living God, designed and created in His image. Jesus died for us, poured out His grace on us and has promised that He will never leave us. We are His; uniquely gifted and commonly called to serve others in this time and place. We live for the glory of God and the salvation of humanity. There is no other option for us but to respond to God’s call. 

We are Presbyterian Homes & Services. Although we are many, in Christ we are one.

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