There are long good-byes and there are short good-byes. One person lingers at the doorstep, another makes a bee line for the exit without looking back. The “goody-bye” part that is always there. The last Sunday for Susan and me will be June 12, and these weeks will be filled with gratitude and love and thankfulness for our years here. That will stay with us for years and we want to thank all of you for that.
The weeks ahead will fly by as we get ready for a new chapter in our lives, We are counting on you for your prayers as we get immersed in long and many “to do” lists between now and then. We will be praying for you too as preparations are made for a smooth transition and to welcome Pastor Merriman to Brunswick United Methodist Church.
There are various good-byes in the Bible. One that I often come across is the apostle Paul's good-bye to the church in Ephesus. There is a long and short to that good-bye. The long version is Acts 20:17-38. The short version is in verse 32 of that chapter, and I leave with that short verse for now:
“And now I commend you to God and to the message of God’s grace.”
There is no better place to be than in the hands and in the grace of God, and we look forward to those moments we’ll still have to be able to talk and see each other between now and June 12.
God Bless and Be with you,
~ Pastor Tom
(After July 1, 2022 Pastor Tom's blog will be available to read at pastortomshaw.wordpress.com.)
United Methodist Pastor, Child of God, Follower of Jesus Christ.