The Rev. Salying Wong / 黃 少 英

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The Spirit and Bride say, “Let the one who is thirsty come and drink from the water of life.” (Rev. 22:17)

This is what I say as priest, as one who stands in the stream of blessing, as one who points to the holy that pours through our lives: if you are thirsty, come and drink. The waters are deep and broad and poured from an inexhaustible source.

I traversed these waters even as I flew across the ocean at 7 years old from my native land of China, even as I grew up around the canals that irrigated the parched farmland of Fresno. I was immersed in these waters when I was baptized at 12 years old at the First Chinese Baptist Church on Easter Sunday. I felt it welling up in me as I studied undergraduate chemistry at Westmont College and graduate chemistry at the University of Colorado–it filled me with wonder for the surprise and beauty of creation. I felt it hold me even as I decided to leave a career in the sciences to go to the Iliff School of Theology and enter the ministry. Indeed, it sustains my marriage, my friendships, and my commitments to my family.

I have a racemic intelligence. I am as curious about physics as I am about art. I want to know the stranger and those who are strange to me. I want to know myself. For if the waters run deep and broad, then the Spirit’s flow can be discovered and puzzled about in the crenulated canyons and painted strata of living.

As priest, I point to these waters and its territories. I say, “Come! Drink up the holy.”

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