Turn the page, close the book

I see my life in large chunks. Like chapters in a book? No, more like individual books that stand on their own. This last chapter of this last book started back one night when the announcement came that our pastor would be moving. Without re-hashing many a blog entry, let’s just say I’m quite involved with my little church and moving a pastor and then receiving the new one is both unsettling and exciting. My sister Jennifer happened to be visiting from out of town that night and I still have this empty feeling inside from having to go back and put on a face when I really just wanted to yell and cry.

But, now, my head is clear. This past spring and summer I had eight weeks of vacation. The first week I spent getting the old Pastor out; the second, getting the new Pastor in. I went to my beloved Abilene, Kansas three times; once with my dad, once with Annette and one more time with Russ. And, then, I did some a little bit of nothin’.

What to write about? I still got nothin’! I’ve been going through many of these old blog entries and categorizing them, so it’s been inspiring to read them and reflect on a time when I had something to say. Annette has been begging me to start writing again, so this entry is, in large part, for her. After all, is that so tough, for a guy to write something because his wife asks him to? I don’t think so.

Our new pastor is closer to Emily in age than to me. When he came, his first sermon was on vision. (That’s what Christians get when they shut up and listen.) I had a vision too when he arrived. My vision was of me taking a step back. If our little church is going to grow, it’s time for some youngin’s to do it.

Maybe I’ll write a book. Or an article. Or a blog series. Stay tuned.

Alleluia!

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!