Midnight marks the end of 2014 as well as the end of my nine years as associate pastor of New Life Community Church. I spent the day cleaning out my desk and hanging out with the Wednesday Lunch Club. Tonight Fred and I will ring in the New Year with good friends and next week we head down to the foggy Oregon coast for five days of beach walking, reading and relaxing.
God has brought a well written story to a satisfying conclusion. Appreciation for what I have brought to New Life has been expressed to me in notes, gifts, speeches, hugs and tears. Like any good writer, God has carefully tied up the loose ends of this novel and is preparing a new storyboard.
I am sitting now in my newly renovated office where I will write and offer spiritual direction. The walls are sage coloured (thanks to Fred for painting it) and the dominant piece of art is called Dreaming Tree in the Field of Magic by Melissa Graves-Brown (thanks to Brent Unrau for framing it). I wonder what magic will be woven into the new story God is writing.
Thank you all for journeying with me. I hope 2015 brings you deeper into the mystery and magic of God.
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where
it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may
know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.