By Sister Pam Nosbusch, OSF
This past Wednesday, August 5, I celebrated two anniversaries. One anniversary is on August 5, 1991, I moved to Toledo to begin Initial Formation as a Candidate for the Sisters of St. Francis. I lived in East Toledo at a parish along with three Sisters. The other anniversary is on August 5, 1995, I made my First Profession of Vows. It is hard to believe that it’s been 24 years since I moved to Toledo and 20 years since my First Profession of Vows! Where does the time go?
It’s been quite a journey over the past 24 years. My youngest niece and nephew were born after I came to the Toledo area. My niece is now married and my nephew has graduated high school. My older nieces and nephews have children of their own. Both of my parents have gone home to God.
Where does the time go?
God has led me to various ministries. I have ministered in Theater Arts Education and booking artists for the Boris Nelson Concert Series at the Franciscan Center. Ten years of ministry was spent in parish ministry where I ministered to people of all ages. Then God led me to be a healthcare Chaplain including long-term care, hospitals and presently with a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee. In September, it will be two years that I have ministered as a hospice Chaplain. Where does the time go?
Today, I move a little slower than I did 20 ago. Today, my hair is definitely a lighter color than it was 20 years ago. Each year has brought its joys and challenges. Yet through it all, God has been present and has put people in my life to journey with me on this road we call life. I know God will continue to be with me as I continue this journey with and for God.
Here’s to the next 20 years and more, where I am sure I will ask, “Where does the time go?”