One of the elders invited us to attend the Thank You event that Good Shepherd held last night for the Interim Pastor, and we certainly enjoyed it. Brian has been wonderful for them, and we did benefit from his sound teaching quite a bit before we came to the decision that it was time to “let go” at that church.
(We never imagined at the time, what “letting go” would come to mean this year for us!)
One of my favourite things about Pastor Brian, was the way he was able to facilitate discussion, and present all sides to any issue.
There was an “undercurrent” thing going on with us, there last night. It was the very last time (unless we come back to visit) that we would likely see a lot of those old friends. I almost lost it when various families/couples had their turn to have their picture taken with Brian (we were sitting right beside the activity).
I’m not very good at goodbyes. At the end, we “escaped” as quickly as we could, rather than have to do it. It’s also why I’d said lately that we weren’t going back to First Alliance Church, since we’re getting rather attached to them. I’ve since realized that’s actually silly… we’re going there this morning, and probably next week as well.
Speaking of staying in touch though, I’m going to tell you something I don’t usually “let out”. If you would like to receive this blog by email, you can! The place to fill in your email address is waaaay at the bottom of my Home page. (I don’t usually tell people about it, because the email looks quite different–it doesn’t show you the header and background, which I change seasonally. But if you’re a regular, you’ve probably seen them all by now!)
Like Rej reminded me, as Christians we NEVER have to say goodbye, but rather: “See you later!”
Paul’s Final Advice
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
(1 Thess. 5:12-13)