Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney
Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.
In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.
Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.
"For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night." (Psalm 90:4)
Lately, I've been reflecting on time. As I am now into my fifties it is clear to me that I am closer to death than birth. This fact does not alarm me, but it has enhanced my appreciation of each moment. While it sounds cliche, I've really grown to cherish life's simple gifts in a way I did not when I was younger. Perhaps that is the wisdom of age.
Also, this week will mark my 26th anniversary as pastor here in Monroeville. Back then we were hoping to make it five years - that was twice the average for a first pastorate at the time. I remember my 10th anniversary being a big deal. I think at that point I became the longest serving pastor in the church's history. Now, much like birthdays as we grow older, the year passes with hardly a notice other me wondering where the time has gone.
Lastly, this week my oldest daughter heads off to college. How can that be? It seems like only yesterday she was sound asleep in a front carrier on my chest as I typed my doctoral thesis at two in the morning. I often think of a bit of wisdom that was given me when my kids were young: "The days can be long, but the years pass quickly." It is so true.
What is time amidst all of these moments and milestones? It's not years or months, days or hours, even minutes or seconds. Time, to me at this point in my life, is memories and lessons learned. It is moments filled with laughter and joy, tears and sadness. It is love poured out and love received.
Jonathan Larson captured this truth in his Broadway musical, "Rent." In the song, "Seasons of Love," he asked, "How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?" The answer? "Remember the love...measure the love...seasons of love."
When we measure time this way, a thousand years become as a day; fifty years is a drop in the ocean; twenty-six years is a flash of light; and eighteen years seems but an instant. But it all makes life full.