District Superintendent’s Message — May 2019

serving the lord

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied.  “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”… So as David stood there
among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil.  And the Spirit of the Lord
came powerfully upon David from that day on…   
1 Samuel 16:11-13

Eight years ago, January, on a Tuesday afternoon, I finished painting Andrew’s room. As I sat on his bed, admiring the work, Bishop Jonathon Keaton called.   He asked if I could come to the Bishop’s office Wednesday or Thursday morning.  I responded, being an advocate for my own selfcare- “I’m on vacation – how about next week.”  To which Bishop Keaton responded, “Would you like to come at 10 or 11 am.” 

As I drove to Lansing, I called my mom.  It started a habit that I have kept over the last 8 years. At the end of our conversation she said, “I know why you have been asked to go to the Bishop’s office.”  And that was the end of our conversation.  It was at that moment that I realized why I had been called “to the office!”

Bishop Keaton asked me if I would consider being the District Superintendent of the Grand Traverse District.  I felt humbled – too young – too new to Ordained ministry – too unqualified to… And then he shared with me the story of David.  He said that as he looked over all of the qualified candidates for this position, that it was my name – the unlikely candidate – that he knew had been chosen by God to walk into this leadership role for the Conference.

24 hours later – I accepted the position.  The next morning – I was nauseous – and that feeling has stuck with me – but I have never questioned once that God had not called me to this role.

Thank you, Bishop Keaton and Grand Traverse District and now the Northern Waters District for praying for me and encouraging me.  You have allowed me to serve using the gifts God has given me, along with my shortcomings, to serve.  This responsibility has stretched me in ways that I didn’t know that I could grow.

“Reading through the Bible in a year” this month, I encountered the story of David.  It struck me with a new sense of gratefulness and wonder. 

It made me wonder who we “look over” because we don’t think that someone is worthy of a position or of value because we are looking for someone else or for other characteristics.

It makes me wonder how often we miss the presence of God because we think that God should be moving or showing up in a different way.

It has made me wonder, as we seek to put on the eyes of God, how our vision of humanity can change. 

Don’t be surprised what God can do!  God chose me – 
God chose you!
And God calls your neighbor, too!

Thank you for joining me on this journey of amazing grace!

Grace and Peace,
Anita K. Hahn

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