A Call to Intimacy

A Call to Intimacy

“Fear the Lord and Serve Him in Sincerity and  Faithfullness.” Joshua 24:14

Sr. Helen Prejean comments in her book River of Fire that as a young girl all around her she was presented with the ideal life of marriage and children, and says: “It’s the settling in for life, promising to find happiness with just one person, that gave me pause. I wanted more.”

Similarly for us  marriage or a relationship with one person was not in the cards,  we too wanted more.

Since that day at 12 years old, and we felt that call to ministry, the burning of the fire in our   heart, all that we ever   wanted was to serve Christ. And it is that call that has been pursued upon the river of life from that day forward.

There was a period in the months before we came to San Francisco, that we dated someone, and seriously thought about marriage and settling down. One day as we set in  supervision our supervisor commented, “River you have a gift, one in which you let a young person enter into your life in such away, where they feel at home, and you walk with them as their friend. It is a powerful gift, but one in which you will not be able to fully use unless you walk alone, you can choose the one or the thousands.” That day we knew we would choose the thousands. We knew our call was a call to intimacy, intimacy that was not sexual, but one of openness, one of sharing, and giving, without expecting anything in return.

In “Life to Love” we read:

“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone the truth, when you can show yourself to  them, when you can stand in front of them and their response is “you’re safe with me” that’s intimacy.”

We have never really been lonely, maybe occasionally feel alone, but in giving our self away we become more human, we become ragged, and more real.  We tell the truth, we invite others to tell the truth, and in doing so we find much joy. We seek to:

“Fear the Lord and Serve Him in Sincerity and  Faithfulness.” Joshua 24:14

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94162



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