So how does one begin to articulate a nine-year partnership in the Gospel in a blog post? Not to mention my appreciation for the outpouring of chips, salsa, and Londoner gift certificates. Let me start by saying the words here only begin to share how I feel about the work we have done together over the last nine years. It is, of course, more than just work accomplished; it is endless lives that have been impacted, including my own, as the Good News of Jesus was proclaimed out of our little corner of the world on Marsh Lane. My hope and prayer is that we are all better for the years we have served together. It has truly been a joy and honor to serve at Holy Cross and to see how God has moved her from some great challenges into some incredible new opportunities. I am truly humbled, to have been a part of laying this new foundation for us all to build on as we move forward. I am also excited to know that even as my days as an official part of the Holy Cross staff come to an end; our partnership in the Gospel does not end. As we work together to expand and extend the work of T2C2, I know we will continue to see each other and celebrate the work Jesus is doing among us.
With this in mind, I can’t help but think about the words of Paul to the church in Philippi; “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.” Like Paul, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being there to support me though my training to be a pastor and for faithfully supporting me in all circumstances. I am also confident that God will continue to carry out the good works He has begun in each of us. With all that, how can we do anything but celebrate the last nine years together and the work yet to be done? Therefore, on behalf of Emily and myself, I say thank you again, but not goodbye, as we still have His Kingdom work to do!
In HIS Service,