IMAGINE THAT YOU had the power to create beautiful music because God formed you that way.
It would be unfortunate to think you could only limit yourself to one instrument, and only had one shot to pick the right one. You would never be able to explore what you were made of through the tenderness of the saxophone, the thrill of a violin, or the resonance of a drum.
Similarly, what if vocation was borne out of seeing God uniquely form you through His creative redemption of your life? In doing so, vocation empowers humanity to share that redemption in imaginative and prophetic partnership with Him.
Pastor Deborah Koehn Loyd pushes back against a limited understanding of vocation by challenging people to open their eyes to the creative work God has already done in their personal lives and to do likewise. The following music sheets are inspired by her work, and they represent a few examples of the life events — both the high notes and the low notes — that have led to realizing and articulating vocation in its many expressions.
EVERGREEN PARK, age 58: Bridge builder between teenagers and their parents across cultural and generational gaps. Currently a Korean language teacher at Cerritos High School
PETE SUNG, age 42: Challenging the status quo of faith. Currently director of community life and pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles
HAZEL OH, age 30: Hoping with a smile. Currently member service representative at Schools First Credit Union and a PTA president