As many of you may or may not know, as a child my family moved a lot. My father was an engineer and lead teams to build various types of power plants. Needless to say, we never lived in ‘the most beautiful’ places in the country, but each one I was proud to call home. Both of my parents always made sure all went as well as possible. When my brother and I got older, we made close friends that we knew we would leave behind. I learned a lot about the word ‘change’ from a young age. But I also knew that even when I was at my loneliest, I was truly never ALONE. God was there holding my hand, wiping my tears, cheering me on.
Knowing this as truth has been my rock, my cornerstone on which I build my faith. As I was preparing to write this, I thought a lot about change, the trials and the perseverance that come from various trials. My favorite book of the Bible is James. I am not sure why, but it speaks to me. The book of James give us great direction regarding what God wants us to do, the pitfalls that may occur, and how to remember that ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above…’ James 1:17.
Change is hard, but it is good. As children of God we continue to grow and journey down the path that He has set for each of us. For all of our paths are different, but these paths mold and refine us daily. All the while God knows that without change there is no opportunity for growth of faith and the sharing of God’s love. I love you all and will miss you all. My time with the Children’s Ministry has been greatly rewarding work. These children are amazing and I know they will continue to grow and be blessed in this wonderful community of love at St. Tim’s.
In closing, I remember the song by Michael W. Smith, “Friends are Friends Forever”. I hold the words to this song and each of you deep in my heart.
I thank each of you for being a blessing in my life.
Your Sister in Christ,