It seemed like there was going to be all kinds of time to do lots of things yesterday morning… so many “things”, and so much time, that posting kept getting put off, until finally the whole day was pretty well gone! It’s like when you think there will be no problem getting there on time because you live so close, and you end up being the last one to arrive… OK, enough of that rabbit trail!
Pastor Brian has been doing a series from 1 Corinthians 11 to 14, on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. So we’ve learned that every child of God is given a spiritual gift or two, and then comes 1 Cor. 12:31 – “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” After which comes the famous “Love Chapter”. The way you use a gift is more important than the gift itself–and love is the way to operate in the gifts. (1 Cor. 13:1-3)
And of course, you know what kind of love is meant–the unconditional kind that God is, Who loved us before we ever deserved it… And not that we could possibly ever get to the point that we DO deserve it! As Brian says, the Love Chapter is not really meant specifically for weddings (yes, we used it at ours!) Because it’s impossible to really carry it out, without God’s help. If you haven’t read that chapter in awhile, click through the hover-link and be reminded of its beauty: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
Speaking of beauty, there was a lot of it shining through during that service, especially as one of the founders was recognized for his 32 years of being a Director! (Well, he wasn’t actually a director the whole time, but for most of it; and serving otherwise as well and before that.) Things like that make us feel the tearing (as in “ripping”) going on in our hearts as we prepare to leave this church. We have to remind ourselves of all the things that influenced our decision, how things really are behind-the-scenes, and that it takes faith in God’s guidance to finally make a decision (no waffling!)
I’ve discovered that our “leaving news” is NOT as generally known as I’d thought… shame on me for expecting others to do my dirty work of breaking the news. Little by little people are hearing about it; but I’ll have to tell some more people this week. One older lady caused me to answer her with tears on the phone yesterday, when she asked for Sam’s birthdate, as her way of keeping connected. But of course, I’ll always be calling to see how she is.
You can see that we’re not just choosing the easiest thing to do! (We’ve been 32 years there, remember.)
We have a few more weeks left there, anyway.