Everything that happens in this world, happens at the time God chooses. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (Good News Bible)
This is my last newsletter article during my time with you. The time has flown by, and it seems like just a few months ago that Sue and I first arrived. I can’t begin to tell you the joy and fond memories you have given us during our time here, to say nothing of the support you gave me during my back surgery recovery.
We spent some of our time together reflecting on life’s meaning, trying to understand it in the context of the “big picture” of our lives, we’ve explored what God might want from us and from The First Congregational Church, and we sought to understand how God is revealed to us on this journey we walk together. While this is all good, don’t forget to make that daily effort to look at God’s creation. As you continue to journey, remember that the ultimate purpose in everything is to truly know, love and serve God in everything you do. Even as you acknowledge the ambiguities of life, remain open to the rich and mysterious ways in which God will reveal your life’s meaning to you.
Jean-Pierre de Caussade, an 18th century French Jesuit Priest, once wrote of the present, “The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams, but you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love. The more a soul loves, the more it longs and the more it hopes, the more it finds.”
Until that time when our paths again cross, it would be our hope for each of you to continue to recognize God’s work and presence in your lives, that you continue to work on behalf of those Jesus referred to as the least, and that you continue to seek for happiness and joy within your selves. And lastly, know that you will be missed.
May God’s peace and love rest in your hearts,
Pastor Alan and Sue