Since I began with you in 2009 as a once per month pulpit supply pastor, I have always tried to bless you at the conclusion of the worship service with the benediction God directed the Levitical priests to use to bless the people:
"The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you,
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace."
The Book of Numbers, Chapter 6, verses 24-26
This blessing has been my prayer for you every day since I began journeying with you and it will continue to be my daily prayer for you. As you are able, I would appreciate your blessing prayers for us, too.
The challenge of trusting in God’s bountiful provision when we are unsure of “what’s next?” is where our faith will always be road tested. My father and mother, who left our family and friends for 17 years to serve God as foreign missionaries with the Southern Baptist Church, believe there are three keys to moving in challenging times with the Lord:
1) Pray and listen individually and as a community for God’s leading,
2) Determine that you will NOT fall prey to your fears and insecurities,
turning them all over to God when you feel anxiety rushing in and
your ability to be patient waning, and
3) Praise God in the times that feel both good and bad because in all
things God IS present and working things out according to His
purpose and timing.
Mike and I will hold you in our hearts as we leave and look forward to the opportunities God will provide us in the future to be connected in ministry!
In God’s Love,
Jody and Mike