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Offline SakranMM

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Waiting for Seminary
« on: November 16, 2006, 06:52:40 PM »
Yesterday was tough for me.  I was planning on graduating from college in May, getting married, then leaving for seminary in the fall.  I found out yesterday that I will still need to take 3 more courses before I can graduate, which pushes my graduation day to August, or possibly even December if I can't manage the summer courses.  On top of that, I received word that same day that my bishop wants me to wait a year after getting married to apply for seminary (I guess in order to be more established in my marriage).  I really had my heart set on leaving for seminary in the fall with my new wife, but I know the bishop knows best.  Still, it's pretty hard to take right now.  I have no clue what to do in the next year about school and finding a job.  I'm pretty lost right now, so I could sure use some prayers.  Please pray that the Lord may uplift me and give me peace in this situation, and that if His will is to have me wait a year or more before going to seminary, that He would grant me strength to do so and the resources necessary to find work and support my wife, and find peace in it all.  Thanks, everyone, in advance.

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Re: Waiting for Seminary
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2006, 07:16:15 PM »
Of course you have my prayers!

In exchange, please let me share something with you:

I was all set to go to Holy Cross in the Fall of 2002. However, the money just didn't come together, and I had to delay my entry to the seminary for at least a year in August. It was a very low point of my life, and I honestly thought of myslef as a failure. It was embarassing to have to explain to people back at church why I wasn't where they knew I should have been, and troubling to my hierarch at the time as well.

In September 2002, however, my Dad found out he had cancer. On Christmas Eve of that year he found out his cancer was terminal, and he reposed in March 2003.

Those last few months he and I had we shared as much as we could. We dealt with some unfinished business between us, and I'd never trade that time for anything. Ever.

As it turned out, I was able to attend Holy Cross in Fall 2003. If I had gone the year earlier, I never would have had that time with Dad, and what's more my first year at seminary would have been disastrous as I never would have been able to keep my mind on my studies...my mind and heart would have been back in Ohio, not school.

The entire point of this lengthy story is to let you know that there is a purpose behind this delay. It may seem arbitrary and unfair right now, but the Lord has a reason for you to be in the place you are now...perhaps you are to teach someone where you will be, or perhaps there's yet a lesson for you to learn before you get there.

God knows these things; you don't. Trust in Him. Everything will be alright in the fullness of time, paidi mou!
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Re: Waiting for Seminary
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2006, 07:31:42 PM »
Thanks, Chris.  That really helps.

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Michael
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Re: Waiting for Seminary
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2006, 08:29:40 PM »
I went to SVS about 2 months after I got married. Hard on my marriage.
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Re: Waiting for Seminary
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2006, 11:08:19 PM »
As someone who went to seminary, and was not very good at it, I can say with certainty that there is much wisdom in what your bishop says, he clearly speaks from experience. Seminary can be a rewarding experience, but it will certainly be a difficult one, you certainly dont want to spend your first three years of marriage under that situation.
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Re: Waiting for Seminary
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2006, 01:21:49 AM »
Lord, have mercy.

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Re: Waiting for Seminary
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2006, 11:04:05 AM »
Thank you everyone.  I'm already beginning to feel the peace of Christ in this situation, thanks to your prayers.  Please continue to pray for me.

Your Brother in Christ,

Rdr. Michael
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