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Friday, December 10, 2004

It was a bittersweet moment Wednesday night to have Judy Thomas join me one last time during the Oasis prayer time before her move to Nashville. For nine years we've sat side-by-side at worship committee meetings. It's been a huge blessing in my life. And for the past couple years, she's joined me to pray for people in Oasis. (Diane teaches 6th grade girls on Wednesday evenings.) What a joy for Brandon and Sheryl -- and just in time, as they are expecting their third child. Maybe this is true everywhere, but it especially seems true in Abilene. People you love move away. Our covenant group began with four families long ago. We're the only one remaining in town. Lynn Anderson talked last Sunday about 400 people (or was it families?) who left Highland in the late 1980s because they had to find jobs in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, or Ft. Worth. Each time, I try to be a good sport about it. I really do have a kingdom perspective on this -- most of the time! -- and I envision the blessing people will be wherever they are going. My goal isn't to build a huge church, but to prepare people to live in authentic community for the sake of the world to the glory of God. Still, it's hard. Vaya con Dios, Judy.

3 Comments:

  • Thanks, Mike! Very sweet. We are so excited about her being here. It seems hard to believe. You know, though, Abilene will always be home. You will always be my "pastor" and the friends there will always be our family. Maybe we'll have to bunk with you when we're in Abilene! ha!

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 12/10/2004 09:15:00 AM  

  • Mike, we're both being "good sports" this week and Tennessee is to be doubly blessed. Not only is Judy leaving this week - Barbara Bain is also. We had a farewell luncheon with Barbara yesterday. She's moving to Chattanooga. The SPFM will miss her so much - hers was the founding vision for this ministry several years ago.

    Even though I've lived in "goodbye" cities, I really didn't expect Abilene to be yet another. Just another reason to be thankful for our eternal home - no goodbyes!! So, we weep together as we await the LORD's return.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/10/2004 10:14:00 AM  

  • Do people ever stay in one place anymore? When we started going to church in Southlake in 1996 there were 37 couples in our DINC class. When we moved away in 2001 we were one of four couples who were still there. Today one one couple remains from that big group. (OK the church dividing twice didn't help with retention... but still.)
    Abilene's loss is Nasville's gain! God speed Ms. Judy!

    By Blogger SG, at 12/10/2004 10:18:00 AM  

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