So here we go. It's begun already. And I don't know that I'm ready for it yet. The goodbyes have officially begun. Today was David's last Sunday at church. We laid in bed last night and were talking about how strange it was going to be. We've been here for 8 years, and at Shores for 7 years. We started out just in the choir and praise team together, and then David started leading worship along with Roger in the main service, or filling in for him when he was out of town. Then 3 years later, the church launched the Kinetic service and hired David to lead worship and oversee that service. That's where we've been for the last 4 years. And today was David's last Sunday there.
The pastors had us come up in each of the services and prayed over us. As we begin this new phase of full-time ministry. To revel in how amazing God's sovereignty is at how just as Kinetic was ending, He brought along this amazing ministry opportunity for David. And to say thank you to David for his years of service as part of the staff at Atlantic Shores. It was really a sweet time for David and I this morning.
When we got to our small group after all this, they had put together a farewell potluck party for David! What an amazing group of people. One of the biggest blessings for us as a couple over these last 6 months for sure. When we followed God's call to step out and start a new small group for young couples last fall, we had NO idea what that would mean or what it would look like...or if anyone would come. But God has brought together an amazing group of people that we now call friends, and are so blessed to know. I felt so loved this morning as several of them told ME that I could call them if anything happened or if I need anything over this next little bit while David is gone. And I know that they will continue to support me - even as they have supported us as we've gone through these last several months.
David went out to dinner tonight with his best friend from school -a bible teacher. Another goodbye. His last day of teaching is on Wednesday. It's getting hard to think about. Thursday is Callie's birthday, and I have a special surprise planned for the whole family. Looking forward to some special family time. But it's getting harder as the days are approaching.