Did you know I sold jewelry for nearly 13 years before starting Grace Ceremonies? Yes, I’m a jewelry hound, just like my grandmother was before me.
I worked in handcrafts galleries and jewelry studios, learned all about precious metals and gemstones and jewelry fabrication, and even became certified as an Applied Jewelry Professional by the Gemological Institute of America.
Not until my (very unexpected) calling to become a minister did I consider any career other than opening my own gallery of jewels.
When I was in seminary, I realized I wasn’t meant to sell couples their engagement rings and wedding bands… I was meant to tell their love stories, and to witness as they exchanged the vows those bands accompanied.
I wasn’t meant to help select the perfect “push present,” or order custom pieces with birthstones or initials… I was meant to honor the journey into parenthood, and to acknowledge the profound ways our children change us.
I still love jewelry, and I’m glad it can symbolize and celebrate these occasions. But I feel so fortunate to have been given this calling – and to have followed it – because I can’t imagine doing anything better with my life than this.
Poetry and Musings of an Interfaith Minister on the Journey of a Lifetime.