Thursday, August 28

only the beginning

"The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." ~ Ivy Baker Priest

Last evening my husband and I were blessed to be part of a surprise party for our church secretary who is retiring at the end of this month. The church staff, elders, and spouses met at a local restaurant hiding away in an upstairs banquet room until she arrived. What fun to surprise her! And what fun to enjoy the fellowship around the table as we ate together!

After the meal, she opened her retirement gifts which were all so thoughtfully chosen by the giver and which caused a tear or two by many of us. This sweet woman had been in this job position during some difficult times in our church, yet was always a steadfast support for the staff she worked with through the years. She talked about the different jobs she had during her lifetime and how each one prepared her for the next job the Lord had lined up for her. Although her church secretary position was now ending, she knew it was the beginning of something else the Lord had for her in the days ahead. And we're all glad she'll still be part of our church even though retired and traveling a bit more in the future.

Endings can mean new beginnings. "In the beginning, God created....." Is God creating a new beginning in an area in your life?

Each day can be a new beginning!

Tammy ~@~

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