Someone asked me tonight if I was happy to be moving to Texas. And I answered yes. But then I quickly followed it up with, “but I am sad to leave Michigan”. I honestly never thought I would say those words. But over the last seven years Michigan has been home to my family and I. We have seen our share of heartache and blessings. The loss of close friends. The birth of our daughter. New friendships formed and some lost. Four different homes and many different pastoral colleagues. So I am more than a bit sad about leaving this community.
And I am also excited as a look ahead to Texas. There is a community who has placed their trust in God and in us to lead them. There are new opportunities for service and a chance to stretch myself in ministry. There are new adventures to be had and a new community to be grafted into. So I am also happy about that.
But I do take joy in the fact that eventually we will all be one. One with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And there won’t be any more goodbyes. In fact, John puts I this way,
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NIV) And so, befitting the destination I find myself heading to, I leave you with these immortal words by Dale Evans Rogers. Take comfort in our destination and the trail that leads us heavenward.
Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.