I’ve been very frustrated for the last few months because it has been difficult to keep up with the blog. Between the home renovations, not being able to talk about the possible move, and then the stress of selling the house, buying another one, preparing to move, and saying so many good-byes, it’s been tough to keep up with new recipes and craft projects to show you. I can’t wait to get settled in our new house because I can start crafting and cooking again and I’m guessing I’ll have new home improvement projects to share as we make the new house into a home.
Our situation right now is like standing in the eye of a hurricane. We’ve done the paperwork, inspections, and appraisals on both houses and are waiting for the final okays from both our buyers’ lender and ours so that the sale of our current home and the purchase of our new house can proceed to closing. Once we have the go-ahead the hurricane winds will be upon us again as we pack up 13 years’ worth of furniture and memories, make arrangements to shut off one set of utilities and start another, and take leave of our home and church family.
We have reminded members of our church that our family’s departure to a different ministry is not an eternal separation. If we believe what we say we believe (and we do!) then we know that earthly separation is not eternal abandonment. It is a great comfort for any pastor’s family to know that the flock that has been entrusted for a time to their care is always overseen by the Good Shepherd.
Jay plans his sermons several months in advance. It allows him time to study and allows the worship leaders to select music and plan a worship service that is appropriate to that week’s message. Months ago, before we knew that Sunday, July 24, 2016 would be Jay’s last sermon of his current ministry, he planned a series from Luke 10 about Jesus sending out the 72 (or 70, depending upon the translation you’re using). Jesus told them to go as sheep among wolves, to preach the good news, to interact with the culture but not to assimilate into it, and to heal the sick in His name.
So our family is preparing to go out, to preach the good news in a new place, to interact with the culture in our new community, and to extend spiritual healing through Jesus Christ. I’ll do my best to keep up with you here on the blog, but as packing commences (quite literally any day now), I’m asking for your grace and understanding if my writing schedule is disrupted. Thanks so much!
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. – Luke 10:2 (NIV)
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