That's All Folks!

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"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:3-6

As I write, I suddenly realize this is the last devotional I will write as your pastor. I have struggled to find the right words to convey my feelings.

I discovered a story that has meaning for me and I share it with you in the hope that it has meaning for you as well: In his book “Alive,” Rick Christian recounts a low point in Thomas Carlyle’s life. The noted historian had just spent two years writing a book on the French Revolution. On the day he finished his manuscript he gave his only copy to a colleague, John Stuart Mill, to read and critique. Then the unthinkable occurred. Mill’s servant used Carlyle’s manuscript as kindling to start a fire.

As Mill reported the devastating news, Carlyle’s face paled. Two years of his life were lost. Thousands of long, lonely hours spent writing had been wasted. He could not imagine writing the book again. He lapsed into a deep depression.

Then one day while walking the city streets, Carlyle noticed a stone wall under construction. He was transfixed. That tall sweeping wall was being raised one brick at a time. It was a “eureka” for him. If he wrote one page at a time, one day at a time, he could write the book again. And that is exactly what he did.

Christian observes, “When faced with seemingly impossible situations, we often see the wall and not the individual bricks…but taken day by day, task by task, the load is more manageable…Christ prayed for daily bread, daily sustenance. He didn’t worry about tomorrow, next week, or next year. God’s help comes day by day.”

Thank you for being a wonderful part of our journey. I ask one thing of you, please pray that I will know and follow God’s guidance and will for this next phase of my life, as I will pray that you will follow God’s leading for RUMC.

We have journeyed together in our faith for nine years. Now, our journeys take us in different directions. You will continue to minister to this wonderful SE Ohio area, and I will begin a fresh, new ministry south of Columbus.

I pray that you will continue your journey of faith, day by day and brick by brick. In doing so, I pray that you will find new and exciting ways to live out your faith for the Lord God.

Andy and I love you!

In His Service, -Pastor Karen

Lord, we believe that You will always provide for us. We look forward to the ways that You will surprise and amaze us with Your faithfulness. Bless our work for you, here at RUMC and in the church to which I am newly appointed. Guide our steps and our progress. Grant us the power of Your Holy Spirit to work together. Bless ministry, Lord God, for we live and work and breathe because of You. Amen.
May 31 2019