Today is most likely my Last First Day of professional ministry. Although we don’t know what God holds in store for us, chances are that today commences my fourth and last official call as a Presbyterian Pastor. I’m pretty dang excited.
Weirdly enough, my last day of ministry in Alexandria, VA was exactly seven years ago today. There was a party, and my family was there, and Cindy was alive and present. It was also the day Osama Bin Laden died so there’s that.
As for this day, I look forward to everything – the inspirational, the frustrating, the holy, the not-so-holy, the relationships, the transformations, the hellos and good-byes. I love professional ministry. But I am the first to admit that what “success” will look like cannot be fully spelled out today.
The institutional Church exists in the throes of tumultuous change but I find this refreshing. I humbly ask for your prayers today and my prayer for you is that you find something intensely meaningful in whatever you are doing on this May 1st in the year of our LORD 2018.
Image of the state flower of North Carolina.