Dear Friends in Christ,
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Change! This is not always a word we like to hear. Change comes to us whether we want it or not, whether we expect it or not! All of us have had this experience in our lives. Sometimes the change is about small things that aren’t real life changing, but other times change does cause life to change. Such as, when we face the death of a loved one. This is a major life change that brings with it much pain and sadness. Sometimes the changes we face are painful and sometimes they cause joy in our lives and most often both happens. As we move through the transition of a pastoral change we will probably experience all of these things.
But this one thing I know, faith in Jesus Christ gives us strength to move through the changes of life. The tomb is empty and we can rely on the presence of the Risen Savior to strengthen and guide us in the journey ahead. As you wait for the announcement of your new pastor I pray you will rely on the strength of the Holy Spirit to give you peace and patience. I have discovered over the years how well the Holy Spirit works through our Bishop and District Superintendents for pastoral appointments. But I also realize it never happens as fast as we might like it to. Therefore, I pray you will trust in the Lord with all your heart and with all your faith as the Holy Spirit does His work.
This I also know as we go through life changes, when we keep our faith in God we will heal from our sadness, we will be strengthened in our weakness and eventually we find joy in life all because we serve the Living, Life- giving Lord!
Peace and Blessings,