Thirty five years ago today – December 1, 1986 – I started my dream job at The Upper Room. And, thirty five years later, I am still serving in an Upper Room dream job.
While in divinity school, I had the opportunity to work for Alive Now magazine during a summer field education placement. That was the summer I fell in love with editing. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere but Alive Now, so I did freelance editing and housecleaning for two years until the Assistant Editor job came open. I applied, and a year later I was hired!
I worked with Alive Now for ten years. In 1997, I had the opportunity to become the editor of The Upper Room’s first website. After thirteen years in digital publishing, I journeyed back to Alive Now as managing editor, helping, also, to oversee the production of Weavings Journal. These last five years, I’ve served as the director of prayer and Upper Room worship life and Dean of The Upper Room Chapel.
I’m grateful to the staff of The Upper Room for teaching me, nurturing me, forming me. I would not be who I am today if it were not for those Saints, living and dead, who shaped my life. Rueben Job, Mary Ruth Coffman, Janice Grana, Judy Smith, John Mogabgab, Michael Williams, Hoyt Hickman, Mary Lou Redding, Marjorie Thompson, Deen Thompson, and so many more.
I am grateful, today, and each day, for waking up, going to the office, and working for my Upper Room dream job.
11 thoughts on “My Dream Job”
Blessings. It is not a job when it is something you excel doing. Congratulations.
I like that!! So true. Or when you are called to do it.
Wonderful! I am so happy for you❣️❤️
You are a gift to me with everything you post that I can read and consider. You inspire me and I am thrilled you are staying in your position at Upper room. Thank you!
Thank you. Blessings to you.
What a blessing for you…and for those of us who know you through your writings and here online.
Thank you Patricia. Blessings
That’s quite a list of saints… many of us though less directly have also been matured by our contact with them, or their writings or their presence…
Indeed. Those Saints were/are generous with their nurture and wisdom.
Congratulations! What a blessing to you and many others such as I.
It was so special to have those years working together on Alive Now.