“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1
The last piece of clear tape was applied, the metal door slung down for the final time fastening into the mounted latch, the broom and dust pans had been put away. The halls were empty, the bedrooms silent, the living room no longer displayed any signs of life. I walked down that familiar hallway one last time, looking into each room with a feeling of bittersweet eeriness rushing upon me. I’m not much of a “loud crier”, so the tears started to silently drip down onto my cheeks and roll down the crevices of my nose. The time had come: Roberta and I were saying goodbye to our home – a home that we had lived in for over three years in Madison. It was time for a new season of life, one that would lead us to a new and wonderful place: Natchez,
Mississippi, where we would start the next chapter of our lives.
As the U-haul moving truck pulled away from our driveway, more tears started to flow, but this time they were tears of excitement, gratefulness, and joy. Once I made the last turn out of the old, familiar neighborhood, the tears went away and my face was covered with a bouquet of teeth smiling from ear to ear. I was eager and thrilled to become the new pastor and lead the wonderful people at New Covenant Presbyterian Church!
The Bible teaches us that because of Jesus, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and that in all seasons of life, we are to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Since Roberta and I have moved here to Natchez, the bittersweet tears have ceased to be! We know in our hearts that this is where God has called us and I am honored and privileged to be your pastor. I pray that we will enjoy this new chapter and season of life together at New Covenant. Because of Jesus, we can consider it a joy to be a part of God’s Kingdom here on this earth and serve God until the very end (Matthew 10:22, James 1:1-12). We can rejoice that in this new season of life together, if we live for Jesus, we have full confidence that we can be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
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