The holidays are over and it's back to seminary on Monday. I am in a far better psychological and emotional space than I have been all year.
I am starting to recover from the fairly difficult phase 1 year - the separation from family and immersion in a different culture.
I am starting to come to terms with the fact that I won't be a minister for another eighteen months at least. I think that this is one of the more difficult areas of adjustment. I went from a lay person to being a minister in a strange cross-cultural environment to being a seminarian. I anticipated it to some extent, but I don't think I really managed it well.
I hope that I now have a handle on what these two years of seminary could mean - and it is much more useful and meaningful than I anticipated - although I think in unexpected directions. (We will see how this pans out!)
So, although aware of the potential for unexpected obstacles, I'm looking forward to the rest of the year.