Monday, February 22, 2010

I hate goodbyes

“Love from the center of who you are. Don’t fake it.”
Romans 12  ~ The Message

One of the hardest things about loving from the center of who you are is that sometimes that love hurts like you-know-what when you have to say goodbye. Last week while we were  in Tennessee we had the sad task of informing our congregation that our children’s pastors have resigned and will be moving.
 
Pastor Trinity and Misty are more than staff members or employees. They are  family. To say we will miss them doesn’t begin to describe the feeling of loss in our hearts.   They will always be an important part of our lives, but I will miss the "up closeness" -- the many heart to heart talks we've had over countless times of holidays and restaurant hopping and whatever else we've done in five years in between serving God's people together.

It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack than find a staff member who is 100% loyal. In Trinity and Misty, we had this to the ‘nth degree. For this and many other things we are eternally grateful.

In return for their loyalty to us they will not only have our life long friendship but our help for a lifetime in assisting them with whatever they may need.

I thought some of my blog readers might be curious as to what we said to the church and how we handled the transition.   To read our letter to the church followed by the Mackley's, simply click on the photos and they will open full size.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Farewell from Celebration, Mackleys, but never farewell from our hearts…

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