Hellos and Goodbyes
Rev. Dr. K. E. Brearley
I'm ready to say "Hello"
Hello to retirement.
Hello to not worrying about whether it will snow on Sunday morning.
Hello to visiting my friends and hearing them preach.
Hello to preparing my body and mind for the last third of my life.
I've worked for the Church for forty three years.
When I started I thought it was going to be a quick and exciting three years serving as a missionary teacher in Zambia. I wanted some excitement before settling down to a "normal" life. But somewhere between the chameleon on my mango tree and the thunderous waters of Victoria Falls my life changed forever.
Now I think I've had enough excitement for a while.
It's time to say "Goodbye", and and goodbyes have an element of tears.
Goodbye to people who have allowed me to share their faith journey.
Goodbye to my home bound members who give me the warmest welcome and tell me their sweet life stories.
Goodbye to a sanctuary so beautiful and so intimate that I wouldn't be surprised to open the door in the week and find the Angel Gabriel getting ready for choir practice.
Goodbye to the other paid staff people whose creativity has made my ministry possible.
Goodbye to my church leaders and elders whose spiritual depth nourishes the future of the church.
Goodbye to my fellow pastors who serve neighboring congregations.
God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet in this world, or at the feet of Jesus.