It's sad to have to say goodbye. Memories and moments flash through your mind and you think it will never be the same. And yet . . . God often opens, and, closes doors. Pastor Bob's retirement and move away to be closer to family is our loss and their gain. Just as God opened the door to His Word in Philadelphia (one of the seven churches in Revelation) he has planted the same seed of the Spirit in us. He has given us Jesus as a constant! "Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love" if we remain faithful.
As we say goodbye we also have to say hello. We will be learning more about our new pastor in the next few weeks. The Holy Spirit will prompt us to walk through the door that God has opened; continue to support our local church and to be welcoming. Not that long ago we welcomed a fast talking, east coast sounding, tattooed pastor . . . and look how good that turned out!
Thank you Jesus for always looking out for us! Thank you for bringing Pastor Bob into our lives and thank you for a future promised.