Yesterday St. Thomas More Catholic Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of our beloved Father Elmer’s priesthood with a glorious mass and reception. Father Elmer, formally Monsignor Elmer, retired five years ago but he will forever be special to all of us. During his sermon yesterday, he talked about all the different positions he’s held during his priesthood and that in each and every one he made a point of finding joy wherever he was. “Bloom where you are planted,” he said.
I took this to heart and was inspired by it. At a somewhat crossroads in my life myself, I will try my hardest to live by Father Elmer’s advice as well as a scripture I’ve always liked but have found hard to live by:
“I have learned in whatever state I am to be content.” Phil 4:11
Things may not always be how or what I want, but I am blessed nonetheless. Accepting things as they are is often the first step. From there, I will “bloom” wherever I find myself planted and I will be still. I know that He is God.