I told my husband, I haven’t felt this sad since the last funeral I went to. WOW that seems a little odd, since no one died. But since saying
bye, ‘see you later’ to an amazing pastor and her family, I’m grieving and
these feelings aren’t comfortable. But I’m praying and finding comfort in
trying to deal with my sadness.
Lesson 1: I’m so grateful for the friendship and memories I have to cherish from the last 4 ½ years. I know that my faith has grown since Pastor Kelly arrived and am feeling that more growth is in store in having to ‘keep going’. Each member of my family is better because of our friendship.
Lesson 2: Obviously God has a plan. Because having our pastor leave was not my plan or our congregation’s plan. But I know that God’s plans are always best. So we need to pray and ask for God’s directions and leadings. I know that I can’t continue in my sadness too long, as who knows what God has in store for our church or Pastor Kelly’s family – who knows, maybe they’ll be back in another chapter of their life!
Lesson 3: The joy that comes from knowing that in this case we don’t have to die - we will see Pastor Kelly, Greg, the boys and a new one before heaven, because God has made us brothers and sisters in Christ. Their friendship has shown my family what fellowship is about.
So I am praying that I will be one of God’s faithful people-through the grief , and that each of us will continue to serve as we are called to do. Let us strive for faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness, giving and receiving comfort as we serve within the Church. May God especially strengthen each of us, even in our sadness to be Your Church in all times and seasons of life – a place where all are truly welcomed and embraced in your love.
Thank you Pastor Kelly and Greg you have been such a blessing to me and my family.