I am somewhat helped by my belief that, in Christ, all is new. As I write this, I realize that I am already feeling the grief that will become deeper as our time together shortens. I will miss you.
I take comfort in the fact that I will stay through the month of December and complete the transition with Mother ClayOla and you.
I know that you will be as welcoming, caring and loving to your new Priest-In-Charge as you have been to me. The Grace family will always be a wonderful model of hospitality for me. We have shared our lives, our fears, our concerns. We have worshipped together.
I was in God’s hands when I came here. I got to know you, to counsel you, to pastor you, to serve you, and to serve God. I got to share meals in your homes and at God’s table, and in that we have laughed a lot. As I reflect on all this, I know that I will again be in God’s hands over these next weeks as I leave you.
Wyatt, Marcus, Furball the cat, Rebecca and I, we pray, will continue in God’s service wherever that will be.
A friend once said, in response to my comments about change, “Just keep on doing what you have been doing.” She is right. “Keep on being who you are.”
So I say that to you, “Keep on being Grace.” Welcome and serve with your new Priest-In-Charge. Give her, maybe, the benefit of the doubt, if needed. Give her the chance to be part of the Grace journey, just as you have me.
God bless you all. I love you all. In Christ’s name,