Recently, I read Roy Oswald’s book, Running through the Thistles. He observed that the way a preacher leaves a congregation will be the way he dies. He suggested that if you do not like the way you leave groups, you might want to consider and change.
In another place, I read that there are five steps in dying:
1. “Forgive me.”
2. “I forgive you.”
3. “Thank you.”
4. “I love you.”
We are inviting families into our home to evaluate our work together and to say “good-bye.”
I have been given the opportunity to work with another congregation after we finish here. We will announce that congregation in a few weeks.
For the next two to four months, I will have some Sundays available to preach if I am needed at other congregations.
The elders and congregation at Eddyville have been supportive and encouraging for the past year and three months. I could not think of a better place to start interim work. We have enjoyed living in the community. I have been strengthened by the association with preachers in this area of West Kentucky.