The picture above was a snapshot from a beautiful day, one that I treasure in my heart, especially so, now, after learning of the passing of my mentor and Ordaining Bishop +Lee Allen Petersen. This picture was from a round-table discussion on our spiritual journeys at a retreat in Mustang Island, on the coast of Texas that took place hours before I received the laying on of hands from Bishop Lee.
I was only thirty years-old when I came into contact with this loving man and emanation of the Christ Presence. It was not by accident that I was led to Bishop Lee and the members of the Order of the Friends of Jeshua (Jesus). I was ordained at the age of 32 and was told that the office of priest was “an awesome office, one where I would not only serve at the altar, but out in all humanity as well”. He said this to me on May 27th, 2011. Now, today, turning 41, on January 25th, 2020, I wanted to honor and remember him, as he recently lost his battle with lung cancer.
The Bishop Lee that I came to know, was one of love, light, and laughter. He touched so many lives and served humanity in the true spirit of Divine Love. He inspired many and he inspired me to grow and evolve throughout the years as I sought to grow and mature as a young priest, seeking the realize the fullness of my vocation.
Normally, I would write a poem or something from my heart, but I instead wanted to share a link to a radio show that he co-hosted with my dear friend and Bishop who con-celebrated at my ordination, Rev. Dr. Linda Marie Nelson and Fr. Michael Sherbert, where you too, get a chance to hear the teachings of this wonderful Christ-filled soul, who is now at peace in eternity. Bishop Lee, you are free now to experience the fruits of your life-long ministry in Heaven. I just want to thank you for touching my life, Bishop Lee, and for challenging me to live more from the heart, what I now consider the pathway to God. You were a light in this world. Be at peace and know that you are missed and loved. I know you are having a fantastic time where you reside now. Here is the link!