If you’ve ever moved anywhere at anytime, you know the woes of packing and unpacking your life’s accumulations. I’ve had the great privilege to do that about fifteen times in my lifetime, but each time it gets more physically and emotionally difficult. The blessing is that God always brings good out of it and every move has in some way been positively life altering and beneficial…this one is no exception!
The move to Montana was one bathed in prayer and initiated by God. Jenny and I are already settling in, making some wonderful friends, and getting our life moving forward again. This time when we moved, we did packing a little differently than normal because we had about a month and a half to prepare. We even had a small packing party with our home group that tremendously helped us get a good start on things. On the flip side, the packing up process was extremely difficult in that we were not only moving fifteen hundred miles from our kids, but leaving behind a lot of great memories, a house we loved, and some forever kind of friends. It was with heavy hearts that we packed the U-haul with no inches to spare, took our final tear-filled walk thru the empty halls of our house, said goodbye to our children, and headed west.
We arrived here on New Years Eve, our 21st anniversary, and within a week had completely unpacked every box and had the home in order. Some people think the speed with which we get settled is nuts, but we like to have order quickly so we can function better and move on to the more important things in life. I’m kind of that way when it comes to ministry too…sometimes to my own detriment. Some of you may have noticed that I like to get things done and waste no time establishing order. I think I get that work ethic from my grandpa who used every minute of every day fruitfully and didn’t believe in “loafing”, as he called it. I don’t like to loaf when it comes to the weighty matters in ministry either. So, in the next few blogs, I’ll be unpacking the vision God gave me for the worship ministry here at Hannaford. Many on the worship team have already been exposed to it, and I hope to be able to eventually share it with the congregation as a whole, but if you’d like to check it out for yourself, I’d encourage you to read the book I’m basing the vision off of called “Following the River” by Bob Sorge.
I’m so excited to be serving with you here in Helena and ask that you pray for the church and it’s leaders as we begin a new journey together. As a staff I can sense the excitement we share that God has placed us together and chosen us to serve for this season at Hannaford. I’m convinced if God’s Spirit is allowed to work in and challenge us to be better worshipers we will get to be witnesses to His mighty outpouring in these last days before His return.
Grace be with you,