Thank you for your gifts to Hope for the Hopeless in honor of my ministry.
As I leave this season of ministry as your district superintendent, I have so many reasons to be thankful. I thank you, the people of the west district, for your love and support throughout this season. I am thankful for the opportunities to come to know so many of you well as we seek to serve Christ and his church together.
This will be my last article to you as your District Superintendent and as an active pastor. As I thought about what last words I want to share, I keep coming back to John 17. In these final words of Jesus, he shares his prayer that we might be one with him and each other. His final lessons and message are given so that we can share completely in his joy. (John 17:13) As I approach this final month in this season of ministry, my heart is filled with gratitude and anticipation.
Discipleship is the center of our mission as a church and the center of our practice as Christians. Disciples are people who not only want to know Jesus, we are people who want to be like Jesus. Jesus lived in absolute sync with God. In fact, Scripture tells us that the two moved as one.
The universe is full of your grandeur, O God. Every fragrance, beauty, texture, and color reveals your divine creativity. Help us to be aware of your artistry in all that surrounds us. Help us to lose ourselves in the fiery brushstrokes of a sunset, and pay attention to a hummingbird, a caterpillar, a petal, a feather, …